Uganda’s world 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei has broken the 5km road world record by 27 seconds in Monaco.
The 23-year-old ran 12 minutes 51 seconds on Sunday to smash the previous record, set by Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto en route to victory at January’s Valencia 10k.
“I had sub-13 minutes in my mind so when my legs felt good I decided to really go for it,” said Cheptegai.
In December, Cheptegai ran 26:38 to break the 10km road world record, which had stood for almost 10 years, but that mark was bettered last month by Kipruto, who set new records at both 5km and 10km in his victory over the latter distance in Spain.
Cheptegei’s record-breaking time is subject to official World Athletics ratification procedures, as are Kipruto’s.
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