Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) has set a new world record on the 5km this morning in Monaco.

Cheptegei finished the Monaco Run 5km in a time of 12 minutes and 51 seconds and by doing so took an impressive 27 seconds of the previous world record set by Rhonex Kipruto (KEN) which stood at 13:18.

Cheptegei said “Wow, this is really great. I had sub 13 minutes in my mind today so when my legs felt good during the race I decided to really go for it. To take this many seconds of the record makes me very happy and is a great first test for me in an important season.”

He wasn’t the only athlete breaking records either as Nick Goolab broke the British 5km road record clocking 13:27 to finish 3rd behind Jimmy Gressier.

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