Joshua Cheptegai sets WR 15k of 41:05! photo by NN Running team
Joshua Cheptegai set a new WR of 41:05 for 15k on the roads at the NN Seven Hills race today. Joshua is a member of the NN Running team. We first saw Joshua as the World Junior Champion in Eugene, Oregon in 2014 ( gold in 10,000m, 4th in the 5,000m). In 2015, Joshua won the 10,000m at the African Championships, and 9th in Beijing World Champs 10,000m. In 2016, Joshua was 6th in the 10,000m and 8th in the 5,000m in Rio Olympics. In 2017, the young Ugandan athlete took silver battling Mo Farah in the London 10,000m, in what many believe was the finest 10,000m race in decades. Joshua started 2018 with brilliant wins over 10,000m and 5,000m at the Commonwealth Games.
On the roads this season, Joshua Cheptegai ran 45:15 for 10 miles in Amsterdam Dam to Damloop on 23 September. He followed that up with 27:16 on October 23 at the Durban 10k in South Africa. His WR today is a fitting end to his 2018 season.
What a best and great way to end the season with a #15km #world record
thanks to my family and wife eng.carol my training partners, my manager jurrievdvelden coach addyruiter… https://t.co/S3uBxdG1yw
— Joshua CheptegeiðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¬ (@joshuacheptege1) November 18, 2018
Below is the release from NN Seven Hills…
Joshua Cheptegei won the 2018 NN Seven Hills Race in a new world record of 41.05 taking 8 seconds of the previous world record.
Cheptegei took the lead in the beginning of the race and he saw his pacers drop off early so he had to run the second part of the race alone. Cheptegei managed to hold his pace and continued to race towards the finish line. After having won:
“After 10km I was above the schedule of the world record so I decided to accelerate at 12km. The last kilometer was hard but I really enjoyed. I am very proud of my achievement and want to thank the organization and my team”. Cheptegei said shortly after crossing the finish line. Joshua Cheptegei won the Seven Hills races 4 times in a row.
On the womens side Stella Chesang, the Commonwealth Champion on the 10,000m won the race in a fast time of 47:19.
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