It was a special night for the national as Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei finally broke the 16-year old 5000M world record while running at the 2020 Monaco Diamond League meet last night.
The Ugandan ran 12:35:36 to break Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele’s record of 12:37: 35 set in 2004.
Cheptegei followed his fine form from clinching 10000M gold at last year’s World Championships with yet another super inhuman run to smash the record at the Louis II Stadium set by one of the greatest athletes ever..
Cheptegei stuck to his game plan which he got right from the start as he kept in touch with the Pacesetter and compatriot Stephen Kissa while steadily improving lap after lap. Kissa led by the 3-mile mark before he dropped off for Cheptegei to take over.
“I think Monaco is a special place,” Cheptegei said after the race. “It took a lot of mind setting to keep motivated this year.I pushed myself, I had the right staff with me, the right coach. I’m usually based in Europe but being based in Uganda with my family was actually great,” the new record holder added.
Just like many Ugandans, the entire athletics world was keen and eager prior to the 5000m race at the Herculis Monaco Diamond League in France last night Friday, 14th August 2020 with something special expected from the Uganda. And indeed he delivered a stunning performance, clocking 12:35.36 in the competitive and fast race.
Kenyan duo of Nicholas Kimeli Kipkorir (12:51.78 personal best)and Jacob Krop (13:11.32 season’s best) finished a distant second and third respectively although all the athletes in the top 10 either finished with personal or national records to underline how fast this particular race was.
The man from Kapchoria in North Eastern Uganda later took to Twitter to thank those who supported him during training including President Yoweri Museveni, first lady Janet Kataha Museveni and minister Hanson Obua for the support towards travel after the mega achievement.
How the Top 10 finished:
- Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) – 12:35.36 *World Record
- Nicholas Kimeli Kipkorir (Kenya) – 12:51.78 *Personal Best
- Jacob Krop (Kenya) – 13:11.32 *Seasonal Best
- Mike Foppen (Netherlands) -13:13.06 *National Record, Personal Best
- Ouassim Oumaiz (Spain) – 13:13.14 *Personal Best
- Stewart McSweyn (Australia) – 13:13.22 * Seasonal Best
- Jimmy Gressier (France)- 13:15.77 *Personal Best
- Per Svela (Mauritius) – 13:23.97 *Personal Best
- Hassan Suldan (Sweden) – 13:31.62 *Seasonal Best
- Julien Wanders (Switzerland) – 13:49.85 *Seasonal Best