Cheptegei sets new 10km road record for 2019 treble
VALENCIA – Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei set a new 10km road world record in Valencia on Sunday, closing out his season in style by eclipsing the previous benchmark set by Kenyan Leonard Komon.
The current 10,000m world champion, who won the IAAF World Cross Championships earlier this year in Denmark, clocked 26 minutes 38 seconds, improving Komon's 2010 mark by six seconds, at the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso.
"What a year it has been. I can't believe it," the 23-year-old said after completing the memorable 2019 hat-trick.
"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."
Breaking: Uganda’s @joshuacheptege1 has just set a 10km world record enroute winning the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso 10k in Spain. He clocked 26:38 Breaking Kenya’s Kenian Leonard Komon time of 26:44 set in 2010 pic.twitter.com/K1ufoJW4F6— Norman Katende (@nkatende) December 1, 2019
Cheptegei reached the halfway mark in 13:23 and the world record appeared within his grasps when he reached eight km in 21:37.
He covered the final kilometre in 2:45.Reuters