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Cheptegei smashes 5,000 metres world record at Monaco Diamond League

Cheptegei smashes 5,000 metres world record at Monaco Diamond League

Athletics - Diamond League - Monaco - Stade Louis II, Monaco - August 14, 2020. Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei celebrates after winning the men's 5000m Pool via REUTERS/Guillaume Horcajuelo

MONACO: Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei produced a brilliant display of solo running to break Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year-old 5,000 metres world record by almost two seconds at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.

Cheptegei had predicted a world record run in the first Diamond League meeting of the season and duly delivered as he clocked 12 minutes, 35.36 seconds, destroying the 12:37.35 that Bekele set in the Netherlands in 2004.

(Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Source: Reuters

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