Athletics

Cheptegei wins Cannes 10K race but misses out on World record

David GOMBE

Uganda’s iconic long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei excelled again by winning the 10K race in the French city of Nice on Sunday, 6th March.

Cheptegei clocked 26:49 to win the race but narrowly missed out on the 10K world record.

The 5000m and 10000 gold and silver Olympic medallist astonishingly beat his rivals from Kenya, Eritrea and Ethiopia to begin his 2022 campaign with a victory.

The event was Cheptegei’s first competitive race in seven months.
This was his third win in France having won there in double quick successions in 2020 en route to smashing the same number of world records.

This year, the global long-distance icon will be aiming at defending his 5000m and 10000m Commonwealth crowns at the games that will be staged in Birmingham, England.

Kenyan Samuel Habtom finished second with a time of 27:51 while Cheptegei’s compatriot Abel Boniface Sikowo finished third with 27:58.

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