By Aloysious Kasoma
Back in 2005 (August 26), Ethiopian Bekele broke his own 10,000m
record to establish a new one of 26:17.53 minutes in the Belgian
15 years later, a Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei has entered his name in the
athletics history books by establishing a new 10,000m world record of
26:11.00 minutes, and smashing his personal best in the process inside
the Turia Stadium in Valencia – Spain.
Within the space of two months, Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has broken
two long-standing world records – the 5,000m one on August 14 in
Monaco and now the 10,000m one on Wednesday night in Valencia.
It means he has erased both races’ records previously set by Ethiopian
legend Kenenisa Bekele after each remaining intact for more than a
Yet, Cheptegei’s records story does not stop at these two.
Back in February, the 24-year-old Ugandan athletics star also broke
the world 5km road record in Monaco.
So his latest feat, produced on a humid late night in the Spanish city
of Valencia at a specially-organised NN Valencia World Record Day
event, means Cheptegei has broken three world records this year.
And to him, his latest metronomical achievement, which places him
firmly in the history space of the sport’s greats before him, is just
the foundation of what is to come.
“I think this [latest feat] lays a foundation of what can still happen
and what I want to achieve in the years to come,” he told an interview
just after the race.