Ugandan marathoner Joshua Cheptegei Sunday crossed the finish line to win the 2021 5km Monaco Run in 13:11.
Cheptegei who returned to the scene of his 12:51 world record from last year further said he expects this year to be greater for him as he prepares for Tokyo and Olympics.
“It was still a good race but the win was incredibly difficult to break. I knew that I had to run the best way I always run. I did not want anything to distract me. I just ran to defend the title,” he said.
He expects to become great this year or even more.
Kenya’s Bethwell Birgen finished in the second position with 13:15 and was followed by his colleague Davis Kiplangant who finished in 13:16.
Last year Cheptegei took 27 seconds off the official global 5km record mark after 1km splits of 2:31, 2:35, 2:36, 2:35 and 2:34.
The World 5,000m and 10,000m record holder was early this week named tourism ambassador by the Uganda Tourism Board.