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Cheptegei retains the 5Km title in Monaco

Joshua Cheptegei crosses the finishing line at the 5Km race in Monaco

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Cheptegei retains the 5Km title in Monaco

DAVID GOMBE

Joshua Cheptegei posted 13:11 to retain the 5Km title in Monaco on Sunday, 14th February.

The Ugandan icon was just 20 seconds short of his the World record that he set last year during the same event.

In 2020 the Uganda long distance star clocked 12:51 to break Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto record.

On Sunday, Kenyan duo of Bethwell Birgen and Davis Kiplangat finished second and third receptively.

Cheptegei currently holds the World Cross Country, 5000M Diamond title, Commonwealth double and World 10000 title has nearly won it all except an Olympic medal.

Last year, Cheptegei had a stellar year has had three straight world records over the 5Km, 5000M and 10000m.

In July this year, the man from Kapchorwa will be in pursuit for the Olympic gold over the long distance double in Tokyo.

Meanwhile in the Women’s 5Km race, Beatrice Chepkoech made history by breaking Sifa Hassan’s 2019 World record set in Monaco (14:44) after clocking 14:43 during Sunday’s event.

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