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Joshua Cheptegei shatters 5K world record by 27 seconds

Cheptegei ran 12:51 for 5K on Sunday morning in Monaco

Joshua Cheptegei 0f Uganda shattered the 5K world record by 27 seconds on Sunday morning in Monaco, running a 12:51. The runner broke the record set by Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto only one month ago en route to his 10K world record.

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On January 12, Kipruto set a new 10K world record, but his first 5K, which he ran in 13:18, was also technically a record-breaking mark. The Adidas athlete closed even faster, negative splitting the race to finish in 13:06 (although World Athletics said that time wasn’t ineligible for ratification). The previous 5K world record was held by Robert Keter at 13:22.

The 5K only became an official world record in November 2017.

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Cheptegei’s time from Monaco is so fast it seems unreal. For some perspective, in 2019 no one ran faster on the track (12:52.98 was the best mark). The world record in the 5,000m is 12:37.35 held by Kenenisa Bekele, a time that was once unfathomably fast but could easily be broken by Cheptegei in the coming months.

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The runner told World Athletics post-race, “I had sub 13 minutes in my mind today so when my legs felt good during the race I decided to really go for it. To take this many seconds off the record makes me very happy and is a great first test for me in an important season.”

Second place went to France’s Jimmy Gressier in 13:18, a new European record, and third place to Nick Goolab who broke Mo Farah’s British record, running 13:27.