Athletics

Joshua Cheptegei Guns for 10,000m World Record in Valencia

Joshua Cheptegei will hope to create another magical moment in his rising career as he plans an assault on the world 10,000m record at the NN Valencia World record.

The international event will take place on Wednesday 7th October at Turia stadium in Valencia, Spain.

Organized by the NN Running Team, Global Sports Communication and SD Correcaminos, the one-off event could help maintain the Ugandan’s recent hot streak which last month saw him smash Kenenisa Bekele’s 5000m world record in Monaco.

In Valencia, Joshua Cheptegei will be targeting the stunning mark of 26:17.53 set by Kenenisa in Brussels 15 years ago – which is the longest standing Men’s 10,000m world record according to the organisers.

NN Running Team boasts of World class athletes who include Ugandans Cheptegei and Stephen Kiprotich, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, Geoffrey Kamworor and Ethiopian legend Bekele among others.

In this particular 10,000m race, no athlete other than Bekele has come within five seconds of the record but following Cheptegei’s 1.99sec dismantling of the Ethiopian’s 5000m record in Monaco, the Ugandan is confident he can mount a strong challenge in Valencia City.

“I am very excited to be given the opportunity to target the 10,000m world record. As my performance in Monaco showed, I’m in outstanding form, so I would like to make the best of my current shape by attacking the 10,000m World record,” Cheptegei noted.

He added, “My training continue to go well and this gives me confidence I can set another world record. I have many happy memories in Valencia so hopefully we can once again create something truly special.”

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Cheptegei will be utilising World class pace making support as well as well as the innovative Wavelight technology.

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