Valencia (AP) – Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey topped the track and field meeting in Valencia at the end of an unusual Corona season with fantastic running world records.
The 24-year-old Cheptegei won the 10,000 meter race in a sensational 26: 11.00 minutes and was more than six seconds below the 15-year world record of the Ethiopian running legend Kenenisa Bekele. Cheptegei is now only the tenth runner in athletics history to have world records in the 5000 and 10,000 meters.
Gidey beat her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba’s world record at 5000 meters: the 22-year-old ran in 14: 06.62 minutes – almost five seconds faster than Dibaba eleven years ago. The three-time Olympic champion from Ethiopia ran at 2:11:15 pm in Oslo in 2008.