Cheptegei breaks the 5 km world record in Monaco

Joshua Cheptegei broke the world record on the 5 km and today ran 12: 51 * in the 5 km long Monaco Run in the Principality of the Mediterranean (16).

The 23-year-old Ugandan, who ran alone from the start, broke the 13-minute mark of the event and shortened the previous record of 13:18 set by Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto on his way to his 10 km world record in Valencia by 27 seconds on January 12.

Fast from the start, Cheptegei flashed in 2:31, the fastest Split of the race, over the first Kilometer. He followed with 2: 35, 2:36 and 2:35 kilometers before sealing his record with a closing 2: 32 kilometers.

“Wow, this is really great,” said Cheptegei, the 10,000 m world champion of 2019, who made his racing debut in 2020.

“I had less than 13 minutes in my head today. When my legs felt good during the race, I decided to really try. It makes me very happy to take so many seconds off the record, and it’s a great first Test for me in an important one.” Season.”

Jimmy Gressier from France finished second with 13:18 and broke Julien Wanders ‘ European record of 13: 29 in this race last year.

Nick Goolab from Great Britain finished third with 13:27, two seconds ahead of Frenchman Mohamed Amine El Bouajaji.

Cheptegei’s commanding performance not only surpassed Kipruto’s upcoming World Record and the most recently ratified record of 13:22 set by Robert Keter in Lille on November 9, but also improved the fastest time ever recorded for the distance, Sammy Kipketer’s 1:00 p.m. Carlsbad, USA, in 2000, long before the 5 km became an official World Record event in November 2017.

Liv Westphal won the women’s race with 15: 31, a French national record.

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