For the second time, Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei has broken two records held by Kenyan Leonard Patrick Komon.
Today, the world cross country champion Cheptegei ended the nine-year long-standing 10km record set by Komon when he clocked 26:38 at the 10K Valencia Trinidad Alfonso after clipping six seconds from the previous record of 26:44 set Komon in 2010.
The 10,000m world champion last year ended another long-standing 15km record set by Komon.
Komon broke the 15km world record during Zevenheuvelenloop road race in 2010 timing 41:13 Cheptegei, the two time Commonwealth Games champion in 5,000m and 10,000m lowered his time to 41:05 during Nijmegen Road race in November 2018.
After losing the 15km record, Komon still enjoyed the 10km world record he set also in 2010 at the Singelloop 10km road race when he timed 26:44 breaking Micah Kogo’s record but came tumbling today in the hands of Cheptegei.
Last year Komon congratulated Cheptegei saying: “Joshua is my friend and we meet sometimes and it is good that my friend lowered my time after such a long time.”
The Ugandan Cheptegei has out staged Kenyan athletes at global stages. It was clear during the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia when he won double gold medals in 10,000m and 5,000m breaking the jinx of a silver medal man at world events.
Cheptegei won silver at the 2017 world championships in London, gold at the world junior championships in 10,000m.