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Joshua Cheptegei sets new 10km road record in Valencia

Joshua Cheptegei has set a new 10km road world record in Valencia.

The Ugandan distance runner recorded a time of 26 minutes and 38 seconds to improve the mark of Kenya’s Leonard Komon by six seconds.

Komon’s record had stood for nine years.

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Cheptegei, who took victory on the track over the same distance at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, reached the halfway mark in 13:23 and covered the final kilometre in 2:45.

Cheptegei’s latest achievement caps an extraordinary year in which he also took victory at the IAAF World Cross Championships in Denmark.


Every gold at World Athletics Championships 2019





1/40 Christian Coleman, USA

2/40 Tajay Gayle, Jamaica

3/40 Noah Lyles, USA

4/40 Karsten Warholm, Norway

5/40 Kelsey-Lee Barber, Australia

6/40 Donavan Brazier, USA

7/40 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

8/40 Christian Taylor, USA

9/40 Ruth Chepngetich, Kenya

10/40 Sam Kendricks, USA

11/40 Deanna Price, USA

12/40 USA

13/40 Liu Hong, China

14/40 Liang Rui, China

15/40 Beatrice Chepkoech, Kenya

16/40 Muktar Edris, Ethiopia

17/40 Daniel Stahl, Sweden

18/40 Yusuke Suzuki, Japan

19/40 Halimah Nakaayi

20/40 Sifan Hassan

21/40 Dina Asher-Smith, Great Britain

22/40 Grant Holloway, USA

23/40 Pawel Fajdek, Poland

24/40 Lijiao Gong, China

25/40 Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Great Britain

26/40 Niklas Kaul, Germany

27/40 Salwa Eid Naser, Bahrain

28/40 Yaimea Perez, Cuba

29/40 Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatar

30/40 Dalilah Muhammad, USA

31/40 Conseslus Kipruto, Kenya

32/40 Steven Gardiner, Bahamas

33/40 Toshikazu Yamanishi, Japan

34/40 Joe Kovacs, USA

35/40 Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela

36/40 Sifan Hassan, Netherlands

37/40 Hellen Obiri, Kenya

38/40 Jamaica

39/40 USA

40/40 Lelisa Desisa

1/40 Christian Coleman, USA

2/40 Tajay Gayle, Jamaica

3/40 Noah Lyles, USA

4/40 Karsten Warholm, Norway

5/40 Kelsey-Lee Barber, Australia

6/40 Donavan Brazier, USA

7/40 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

8/40 Christian Taylor, USA

9/40 Ruth Chepngetich, Kenya

10/40 Sam Kendricks, USA

11/40 Deanna Price, USA

12/40 USA

13/40 Liu Hong, China

14/40 Liang Rui, China

15/40 Beatrice Chepkoech, Kenya

16/40 Muktar Edris, Ethiopia

17/40 Daniel Stahl, Sweden

18/40 Yusuke Suzuki, Japan

19/40 Halimah Nakaayi

20/40 Sifan Hassan

21/40 Dina Asher-Smith, Great Britain

22/40 Grant Holloway, USA

23/40 Pawel Fajdek, Poland

24/40 Lijiao Gong, China

25/40 Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Great Britain

26/40 Niklas Kaul, Germany

27/40 Salwa Eid Naser, Bahrain

28/40 Yaimea Perez, Cuba

29/40 Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatar

30/40 Dalilah Muhammad, USA

31/40 Conseslus Kipruto, Kenya

32/40 Steven Gardiner, Bahamas

33/40 Toshikazu Yamanishi, Japan

34/40 Joe Kovacs, USA

35/40 Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela

36/40 Sifan Hassan, Netherlands

37/40 Hellen Obiri, Kenya

38/40 Jamaica

39/40 USA

40/40 Lelisa Desisa

“What a year it has been. I can’t believe it,” the 23-year-old said after completing a memorable 2019 treble.

“I knew that Valencia was going to be a really fast course, one of the fastest in the world. So to get to achieve what we came here for is something really special.

“This year has made me so happy.”

Cheptegei shapes as one of the leading contenders for OIympic gold over 10,000m in Tokyo next summer.

Sir Mo Farah, two-time defending champion in the event, announced his intention to compete over the distance at the Olympics after abandoning his plans to race the marathon.

The Ugandan finished second behind Farah at the 2017 Worlds in London.

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