Valencia, Dec. 1 – Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei has broken the 10K world record in Valencia, a race that is held in parallel to the Trinidad Alfonso-EDP Valencia Marathon, with an informal time of 26:38 minutes.
The African runner, who is the current champion of the cross country world and the 10,000 meters on the track, made a spectacular race in which the global record that since 2010 had Kenyan Leonard Patrick Komon with 26:44 minutes marked in the 10K of Utrech.
Cheptegei, who arrived in Valencia with the aim of achieving the world record for distance, found suitable weather conditions for it and even in the first kilometer he stood ahead of his “hares” to indicate that he wanted them to impose a rhythm higher .
Halfway through, with a time of 13:22, the current Diamond League champion in 5,000 meters had already been just two seconds above the world record and took command of the race.
With a very loose rhythm and consulting the chrono of his wrist, Cheptegei reached the last 1,000 meters knowing that he was going to get his challenge and even escaped some small gesture of celebration before breaking the finish tape by lowering the previous one by six seconds world record.
Cheptegei wanted to thank once in goal the work done by his team and his coaches “the good work we have done”, and confessed that he had affected his last training in Valencia due to a constipation.
“It is one of the most important moments of my life and it can certainly be said that Valencia is the city of running,” he concluded.