NN Valencia World Record Day: Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey destroys 10000m and 5000 World Records

Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey assaulted yesterday the 10000m and 5000m in Valencia. With a final time of 26:11:00 Joshua Cheptegei destroyed the last Kenenis Bekele’s World Record, while in the women side, Letesenbet Gidey made a big race with 4 seconds margin stopping the time in 14:06.62. Two new World records for the city of Valencia (Spain) which is demonstrating their love for the atlhetics.

Joshua Cheptegei destroys world 10,000m record

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Joshua Cheptegei toasted yet another landmark moment in his glittering 2020 season by smashing Kenenisa Bekele’s world 10,000m record by more than six-and-a-half seconds with a dazzling display at the NN Valencia World Record Day.

The 24-year-old Ugandan superstar gave another glorious demonstration of his stellar endurance running gifts by completing the 25-lap distance in a time of 26:11.00 to erase Bekele’s 15-year-old mark of 26:17.53 from the record books.

The one-off meet was organized by the NN Running Team, Global Sports Communication and SD Correcaminos as a direct response to Joshua’s outstanding current form.

In August, Joshua sliced 1.99 seconds from Kenenisa’s world 5000m record, clocking a stunning 12:35.36 in Monaco, and on a hot and humid night at the Turia Stadium he added the world 10,000m record to his increasingly impressive CV.

Paced through to halfway in 13:07.73 and further aided by Wavelight Technology in the second half of the race, the World 10,000m champion ticked off the laps at a relentless 62-second pace to claim another slice of history.

Having achieved the world record mark he now joins some of the all-time greats to have held ownership of the world 10,000m record such as Emil Zatopek, Haile Gebrselassie and Bekele.

It is a great moment for me to have broken the world record,” said Cheptegei, who also holds the world 5km and 15km road records. “I wanted to show the sports lovers of the world that the track is exciting. I wanted to lift the expectations of the Valencia World Record Day and I am pleased to have fulfilled my dream.

Photo: NN Running Team

Letesenbet Gidey shatters 5000m world record

Letesenbet Gidey ignited the NN Valencia World Record Day with a spellbinding performance to obliterate the women’s 5000m record by more than 4 seconds margin and record a stunning 14:06.62.

Aided by pacemaking duo Esther Guerrero and Beatrice Chepkoech and the Wavelight technology, the 22-year-old Ethiopian produced a beautifully judged run to destroy the world record of her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba.

Running in a temperature of 22c inside the Turia Stadium, Letesenbet hit the 3km checkpoint in 8:31.85 – well ahead of her target time – and running with her trademark rhythmic flowing style she would not be denied.

Just after 3km she put in a scintillating lap of 66 seconds and looking untroubled and composed the stylish World 10,000m silver medallist romped to her place in history.

I dreamed for this record for 6 years, I want to thank Valencia for giving me this chance.

Photo: NN Running Team

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