Cheptegei, to Valencia to attack Bekele's 10,000 World Record
Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei of the NN Running Team will search beat the 10,000 meter world record at the NN Valencia World Record Day, which will be held on October 7 at the El Turia Stadium in Valencia, the organizers reported in a statement. Joshua Cheptegei, 2019 world champion of 10,000, will try to lower the mark of 26 minutes, 17 seconds and 53 hundredths achieved by Kenenisa Bekele in Brussels 15 years ago, making him the longest-lasting men's world record in history.
Two records just two months apart
Organized by the NN Running Team, Global Sport Communication and SD Roadrunner, this event seeks to consummate the physical form of the Ugandan, who last month broke the world record of the 5,000 meters of the Ethiopian by almost two seconds in Monaco. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to face the world record of the 10,000 meters“, Explains Cheptegei, who last year was proclaimed the 10,000 world champion in Doha and has a personal best of 26: 48.36 at this distance.
“As my performance in Monaco demonstrated, I am in excellent physical shape, so I want to take this moment to try to break the world record of 10,000 meters. Kenenisa's 10,000 meter world record It is one of the most difficult records to beatBut my training is still going well and that gives me the confidence to believe that I can set another world record. I have very good memories of Valencia, where I managed to beat the world record of the 10 kilometers on the road in the 10K Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, so I hope we can do something really special again in this city, where running plays such an important role ”, commented.
In the attempt to add the world record of 10,000 meters to the world record of 5,000 meters on the track and his current world records in 5 and 15 kilometers on the road, Cheptegei will use the support of first-class pacing markers, as well as innovative 'Wavelight' technology.
After his challenge to lower the world record on the athletics tracks of the El Turia Stadium, along section III of the Turia Gardens in Valencia, which will have all the security measures required for the situation on the day of the event, Joshua plans to make his debut in the 21.1 kilometers at the rescheduled World Half Marathon Championships in Poland on October 17.
The NN Running Team athlete Kenenisa Bekele, owner of the 10,000 meter world record for 15 years, declared himself “delighted” that the record could be improved by Joshua, partner of the NN Running Team. "He is exceptionally talented, in excellent physical shape and I wish him the best in his pursuit of the 10,000m world record in Valencia," he said.