Once again, world athletics records have fallen, this time by the hands or rather, legs of Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and Ethiopia’s Letsenbet Gidey.
It wasn’t enough of Gidey to break the world 5000m record in 14:06.62, she shaved more than four seconds off the 2008 mark. The 12-year-old mark had been set by fellow compatriot and idol Tirunesh Dibaba.
Indeed it is a such a pity that only a few spectators and officials got to witness these phenomenal athletics spectacles owing to Covid-19 restrictions. In the 10,000m, Cheptegei kept shaving off more seconds as he completed the 25 laps in the Spanish stadium.
Jogging across the finish line in 26:11.00, the Ugandan has effectively wiped out all Ethiopians off the distance running’s all-time lists. Cheptegei shaved a massive 6.53 seconds from his 2005 mark of 26:17.53.
Earlier in August, Cheptegei had recorded a phenomenal world 5000m record clocking 12:35.36 in Monaco. He had shaved Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old 5000m monument of 12:37.35 and was well ahead of his rivals, he took to the finish line solo.