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Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei beats world record in 5,000 meters by nearly 2 seconds

MONACO – Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda broke a 16-year-old world record to win the men’s 5,000 meters in 12 minutes, 35.36 seconds at Monaco on Friday.

Cheptegei was 1.99 seconds faster than the 12:37.35 set by Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in 2004.

Cheptegei, who is the 2019 world champion in the 10,000, took 22 seconds off his lifetime best in the 5,000.

“Monaco is a special place and it’s one of these places where I could break the world record,” said Cheptegei, who has trained in Uganda instead of Europe this year.

It was the standout performance of a stellar night in the Diamond League meeting that was the first full international gathering of the track and field season.

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