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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Joshua Cheptegei breaks 5,000m world record

… as Mageean smashes 1,000m Irish record

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei produced an astonishing run in Monaco to break the 16-year-old 5,000m world record by almost two seconds.

The 23-year-old, who won the 10,000m world title in Doha last year, had promised he would take a shot at the time but success seemed unlikely.

However, guided by trackside lights illustrating world record pace, he came home in 12 minutes 35.36 seconds.

The previous mark, set by Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, was 12:37.35.

Remarkably it is Cheptegei’s second world record in Monaco this year, despite the season being badly disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

He broke the 5km road world record in the principality in February.

“Monaco is a special place and it’s one of these places where I could break the world record,” he said.

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“It took a lot to keep being motivated this year because so many people are staying at home but you have to stay motivated.”

Meanwhile, Ciara Mageean finished a superb third in the 1,000m at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco to smash Sonia O’Sullivan’s Irish record and also move to ninth on the world all-time list.

Mageean’s time of 2:31.06 saw her take 3.6 seconds off O’Sullivan’s 1993 mark.

The Portaferry athlete, 28, passed British talent Jemma Reekie in the final stride to snatch third spot.

It was Mageean’s second Irish record in three weeks after she broke the two-minute barrier for 800m in Bern.


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