Tonight, Cheptegei goes for 10,000m world record

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has already broken two world records this year but he now has his sights on a third when he attempts to break Kenenisa Bekele’s 10,000 metres track record in Valencia tonight (9:30pm Ugandan time).

“With the look of things now with COVID-19 you cannot win a medal, you cannot race in a championship this year so the best is to try to break the world record,” he said at the pre-meet press conference on Tuesday.

Back in February, Cheptegei smashed the world 5km road record in Monaco.

Then, after a period of lockdown in his native Uganda, he returned to Monaco and, in his first race back, wiped almost two seconds off Bekele’s 16-year-old world record time over the 5,000m as he clocked an astonishing 12min 35.35sec.

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