Joshua Cheptegei facts for kids
Cheptegei at the 2014 World Junior Championships
|Born||12 September 1996
Kapsewui, Kapchorwa District, Uganda
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||52 kg (115 lb)|
|Team||NN Running Team|
|Coached by||Addy Ruiter|
|Achievements and titles|
Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (born 12 September 1996) is a Ugandan long-distance runner, Olympic Gold Medalist (5000m), World Champion (10,000m), World Cross Country Champion, and World Record Holder.
Cheptegei is the tenth man in history to hold the 5,000 m and 10,000 m world records concurrently, both set in 2020. In 2017, he became the silver medalist in the 10,000 metres event at the World Championship in London. In 2018, he set a world record for the 15 km road race and became the cross country world champion in 2019. In 2020, at a road race in Monaco, he set a new world road 5 km record of 12:51, breaking through the event's 13-minute barrier, taking 9 seconds from the previous best time of 13:00, set by Kenya's Sammy Kipketer in 2000. In August 2020, at the Monaco Diamond League meet, he set a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35.36, breaking Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year-old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo. On 7 October 2020, in Valencia, he set a world record time of 26:11.00 in the 10000 meters, which again improved on Kenenisa Bekele's 15-year-old record by more than 6 seconds. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (held in the summer of 2021), he won Olympic Gold in the 5000m, and Silver in the 10,000m.
Cheptegei was born on 12 September 1996 in Kapsewui, Kapchorwa District, Uganda. In primary school, Cheptegei first played football and tried out the long jump and triple jump, but switched to running when he discovered his talent in distance running.
Cheptegei studied languages and literature in Kampala for two years and is employed by the Uganda National Police. His coach is Addy Ruiter. In the timeframe from March to May 2020, he reduced his weekly training sessions from 12 to 8.
He is a silver medallist in the 10,000 metres at the 2017 World Championships in London. He also competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, finishing ninth. He ran at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, finishing eighth and sixth respectively. Cheptegei was the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres champion at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He won silver in the 10,000 metres and gold in the 5,000 metres at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Cheptegei is a four-time winner of the Zevenheuvelenloop 15 km road race in Nijmegen, Netherlands. In 2018 Cheptegei set the world record for a 15 km road race. He finished in 41:05 and improved the world record by 8 seconds, formerly set by Leonard Komon at the Zevenheuvelenloop in 2010. Abrar Osman finished second with 42:34 and the 2017 5000 m world champion Muktar Edris placed third with 42:56.
Cheptegei was the winner of the senior men's race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. He won in 31:40 on the 10.24 km course. Ugandan teammate Jacob Kiplimo finished second in 31:44, while Thomas Ayeko placed seventh, and Joseph Ayeko tenth; Uganda won the team first-place title.
On 1 December 2019, he set a new 10 km road race record in Valencia, Spain. His time of 26:38 improved on the previous world record, set by Leonard Komon in 2010, by 6 seconds. This mark has since been lowered to 26:24, the world record being held, as of October 2020, by Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya, who also incidentally set it in Valencia just six weeks later, on 12 January 2020.
On 16 February 2020, he set a new 5 km road race world record in Monaco with a time of 12:51. The previous ratified record was 13:22 set by Robert Keter on 9 November 2019 in Lille, France, and the previous fastest time ever recorded over the distance was 13:00 set by Sammy Kipketer on 26 March 2000 in Carlsbad, USA.
On 13 August 2020, a day before the Herculis meet of the Diamond League in Monaco, Cheptegei announced that he aimed to return to the track and run his first official race in the season with a world record time in the 5000 metres, which would be more than 20 seconds faster than his personal best on a track. At the meet on the next day, with the help of expert pace-making from Roy Hoornweg, Stephen Kissa, and Matthew Ramsden, he set a new world record in the 5000 metres with a time of 12:35.36, which broke Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year-old record – the longest duration in the history of the event – by almost 2 seconds. His splits were 2:31.87; 5:03.77; 7:35.14 and 10:05.46. Bekele congratulated Cheptegei from Addis Ababa.
On 7 October 2020, in Valencia, he set a world record time of 26:11.00 in the 10000 metres, which improved on Kenenisa Bekele's 15-year-old record by more than 6 seconds.
|2014||World Junior Championships||Eugene, United States||4th||5000 m||13:32.84 PB|
|African Championships||Marrakech, Morocco||–||10,000 m||DNF|
|2015||African Junior Championships||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||1st||10,000 m||29:58.70|
|World Championships||Beijing, China||9th||10,000 m||27:48.89|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||8th||5000 m||13:09.17|
|6th||10,000 m||27:10.06 PB|
|2017||World Cross Country Championships||Kampala, Uganda||30th||Senior race||30:08|
|World Championships||London, United Kingdom||2nd||10,000 m||26:49.94 PB|
|2018||Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||1st||5000 m||13:50.83 SB|
|1st||10,000 m||27:19.62 WL/GR|
|2019||World Cross Country Championships||Aarhus, Denmark||1st||10 km||31:40|
|World Championships||Doha, Qatar||1st||10,000 m||26:48.36 WL/PB|
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