Joshua Cheptegei Upheld The Uganda Flag High As He Set A New 10km World Record At The Valencia Trinidad Alfonso
Joshua Cheptegei upheld the Uganda flag high as he set a new 10km world record At The Valencia Trinidad Alfonso. Uganda is not only known for its spectacular beauty in terms of landscape and wide biodiversity of wildlife but now also as an epicentre of world athletics champions. During the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, Uganda’s claim as an athletics powerhouse was once again put on display as Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and others took part in this 10000m or 10km mini-marathon. There was a lot at stake including a world record of 38:44 that was set way back in 2010 by Kenya’s Patrick Leonard Komon.
Well, Joshua who is having an incredible in the world of athletics had his work cut for him and he had his eyes fixed on the prize which was first to win the race and ultimately eclipse the world record.
Making the impossible possible
Cheptegei’s storm to victory was a carefully co-ordinated work of art that was meticulously planned out between him and his pacesetters who had to give him the pace he needed to storm to the finish line just at the right minute. Pacesetter, Roy Hoornweg covered the opening kilometre in 2:42 before Cheptegei moved to the front briefly demanding a quicker pace, a demand that was met – by the second kilometre the clock read 5:42 for a 2:40-kilometre split.
Once Hoorweg dropped out, Uganda’s duo of Stephen Kissa and Abdallah Mande took command with Cheptegei in tow, with the trio covering three kilometres in 7:57, well inside the world record schedule. Following a 2:41 split for the fourth kilometre, Cheptegei overtook the pacemakers before the halfway point, reaching 5km in 13:23, one second shy of the world record for that distance. Running on his own over the entire second half, a determined Cheptegei reached 6km in 16:02 and 7km in 18:42. Cheptegei forged on, reaching 8km in 21:37 when it became clear that the world record was within reach.
With 23:59 on the clock at the 9km point, Cheptegei needed to cover the final kilometre in 2:45, a close well within his capabilities. Cheptegei’s average pace was two minutes and 40 seconds per kilometre in Valencia, passing through 5km in 13 minutes 24 seconds.
“What a year it has been. I can’t believe it,” “I knew that Valencia was going to be a really fast course, one of the fastest in the world. So to get to achieve what we came here for is something really special”. “This year has made me so happy.” The 23-year-old noted.
“We are happy that Cheptegei has completed the season in style and continued to rise the Ugandan flag high,” Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) said.
In 2018, he ran 41 minutes five seconds in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to break the 15km road world record.
Cheptegei’s trail of championships in 2019
It has been quite a truly remarkable year for this 23-year who has now completed a hattrick in the 10km race for 2019 with 3 consecutive wins that began from the World Cross Country Championships in Arhus Denmark, followed by another impressive win at the World Championships in Doha and now yesterday’s win at the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso.
Uganda athletics heroes
Although Chepitegei is Uganda’s athletics “IT BOY” as of now, his prowess comes after several other Ugandans have made a name for themselves and Uganda as a country at large on the world stage. Some of the legends’ shoes Cheptegei is trying to fill include John Akiibua- Uganda’s first Olympic gold medalist who won the 1972 Summer Olympics 400- meter hurdles. The other twilight of Uganda’s athletics is Dorcus Inzikuru. Dorcus ended Uganda’s 33 years wait for an international gold medal when she won the inaugural women 3000m steeplechase at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki Finland. Uganda’s presence at international events was once again seen at the 2012 summer Olympics when Stephen Kiprotich clichéd the gold medal for the men’s marathon and he did it again winning gold at the 2013 World Championships Men’s marathon which were held in Moscow.
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Let’s take a walk into Uganda’s tourism attractions
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Uganda- Africa’s cultural epicentre
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