Ugandan runner Joshua Cheptegei has smashed the world 5km record in Monaco, clocking 12 minutes and 51 seconds at the Monaco Run 2020.
He has set a new 5km World Record in France, surpassing the previous fastest ever time for the distance (by Kenyan long-distance runner Sammy Kipketer’s 13:00 from Carlsbad 2000) set before it was an official World Record event.
In December 2019, Cheptegei broke the 10km road world record in Valencia, setting a new time of 26 minutes 38 seconds.
He was crowned 10,000m world champion in Doha in October, having won the 10km cross country world title in Denmark in March 2019.
In 2018, he ran 41 minutes five seconds in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to break the 15km road world record.
After Julien Wanders and Sifan Hassan in 2019, Cheptegei broke this Sunday morning the world record for the 5 km road in the streets of Monaco (little traveled distance, official since 2018).
Without the hare, the reigning world champion in the 10 000m took off from the first meters to improve by 27 seconds the best world brand of Rhonex Kipruto (13’18), achieved by passing his 10 km world record in Valence on January 12.
Behind the Ugandan, Frenchman Jimmy Gressier (back from a one-month internship in Kenya), also lonely after two kilometres, completed the distance in 13’18, setting a new European record (13’29 by Julien Wanders), just ahead of the Briton Nick Goolab (13’25) and the miler Mohammed-Amine El Bouajaji (4th in 13’29) after a good end of race.
Among women, already the author of the 10 km French record at the end of the year in Houilles, Liv Westphal also grabbed the best French brand in history on the 5 km in 15’31.