Joshua Cheptegei smashes 15-year-old world record for the 10,000m… as Letesenbet Gidey creates history by shaving five seconds off 5,000m world record in Valencia
- Joshua Cheptegei broke the 10,000m world record with a 26:11 run in Valencia
- He took six seconds off Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old mark on Wednesday night
- Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia also broke the 500m record with a time of 14:06.62
- Both wore Nike spikes, which will extend the sport’s debate on shoe technology
The pair will go head to head at the Games next year and the Brit will be tasked with somehow overhauling the formidable Ugandan, who also broke the 5000m record this year. In the 10,000m he took six seconds off Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old mark.
Only 400 people including sponsors, journalists and staff were allowed into the event due to strict coronavirus measures in Spain but Cheptegei still savoured the moment with a lap of honour, wrapped in the Uganda flag and wearing a crown.
Joshua Cheptegei broke the 10,000m world record with a 26:11 run in Valencia on Wednesday
The formidable Ugandan, Cheptegei, took six seconds off Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old mark
There was also a women’s 5000m record for Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, whose time of 14:06.62 took almost five seconds off Tirunesh Dibaba.
‘This is a longtime dream for me, I’m very happy, this is very big for me,’ said Gidey after the race.
Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia also broke the women’s 5000m record on Wednesday
She ran it in 14:06.62, taking almost five secs off former record holder Tirunesh Dibaba’s time
Cheptegei and Gidey were both wearing Nike spikes, which will likely extend the sport’s debate around shoe technology.
In addition, the event was organised by Cheptegei’s NN Running Team of the Netherlands and both runner were helped to the finish line by pacers as well as Wavelight technology, which flashes lights on the inside of the track to indicate a specific pace.
Both were wearing Nike spikes, which will extend the sport’s debate around shoe technology