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By BigEyeUg Team

Ugandan born athlete, Joshua Cheptegei set a new 5,000m world record in Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday, 15th August.

Cheptegei’s new world road 5 km record of 12:51 in Monaco, bests the old fastest time by 9 seconds and at the same time sets a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35:36 in Monaco, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo.

Joshua has since been bathed with different congratulatory messages from fellow citizens and Ugandan nationals world-over.

Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (born 12 September 1996) is a Ugandan long-distance runner.

In 2017, he became the silver medalist in the 10,000 meters run at the World Championship in London.

In 2018, he set a world record for the 15 km road race and became the World Cross Country champion in 2019.

That year at the World Championships in Doha, he won a gold medal in the 10,000 meters men’s final.

Joshua Cheptegei’s career;

He is a silver medalist in the 10,000 metres at the 2017 World Championships in London.

He also competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing finishing ninth.

He ran at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, finishing eighth and sixth respectively.

Cheptegei was the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres champion at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Cheptegei is the four-time winner of the Zevenheuvelenloop 15 km road race in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

In 2018 Cheptegei set the world record for a 15 km road race. He finished in 41:05 and improved the world record by 8 seconds, formerly set by Leonard Komon at the Zevenheuvelenloop in 2010.

Abrar Osman finished second with 42:34 and the 2017 5000 m world champion Muktar Edris placed third with 42:56.

Cheptegei was the winner of the senior men’s race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

He won in 31:40 on the 10.24 km course. Ugandan teammate Jacob Kiplimo finished second in 31:44.

As Thomas Ayeko placed 7th and Josehp Ayeko tenth, Uganda won the team first place title.

Congratulations Joshua!

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