Joshua Cheptegei makes history, breaks Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year record
Athletics – 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Aarhus, Denmark – March 30, 2019. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei poses with the winners’ medal after winning the men’s race. [REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel]

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei made history on Wednesday night after breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 10,000 metres world record.

Cheptegei smashed the World Record clocking a sensational 26 minutes 11.02 seconds at the Valencia World Record Day.

The 24-year-old broke Bekele’s time of 26:17.53, a record that the Ethiopian set in 2005.

Only 400 people including sponsors, journalists and staff were allowed in Valencia.

Joshua Cheptegei makes history, breaks Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year record

The Ugandan superstar became the silver medalist in the 10,000 metres event at the World Championship in London, 2017.

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

At the Monaco Diamond League meet August this year, he set a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35.36, breaking Bekele’s 16-year-old world record of 12:37.35.

World Athletes with the 10,000 metres record in history according to the World Athletics:

Finland’s Paavo Nurmi (1922-1932)

Finland’s Taisto Maki (1939-1942)

Czechoslovakia’s Emil Zatopek (1954)

Soviet long-distance runner Vladimir Kuts (1957-1960)

Australia’s Ron Clarke (1965-1972)

Finland’s Lasse Viren (1972)

Kenya’s Henry Rono (1978-1982)

Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie (1994-2004)

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele (2004-2020)

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei  (2020)


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