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Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei Smashes 5K World Record In Monaco

Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei Smashes 5K World Record In Monaco

Joshua Cheptegei smashed the 5k world record in Monaco on Sunday.

The Ugandan ran the streets of the principality in 12:51, taking a massive 27 seconds off the previous record which was held by Rhonex Kipruto. 20-year-old Kipruto had only set the previous best time last month in Valencia en route to setting the 10k world record.

"Wow, this is a really great," 23-year-old Cheptegei told World Athletics.

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.

Cheptegei, who won the 10,000m at World Championships last year, appeared to be wearing the Nike Vaporfly Next%, the controversial shoes which many have used while setting world records in recent times.

France's Jimmy Gressier finished second in 13:18, setting a new European record, while Great Britain's Nick Goolab was third in 13:27

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