Joshua Cheptegei Credit: Philippe Fitte | Wanda Diamond League

Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei has been tipped to light up the Tokyo Olympics following a successful 2020 in long distance.

Despite the year being blighted by Coronavirus that the games got postponed, Cheptegei breaking three records.

According to Olympic Channel, “The emergence of double distance world record holder Joshua Cheptegei should spice up the two longest track events.

“The Ugandan hopes to be the man to return the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic titles back to the region after Mo Farah ended the reign of Ethiopian and Kenyan runners over the distances.”

Records broken by Cheptegei in 2020

He started with the 5 km Herculis in Monaco, setting a new world record of 12:51 – a 27 second improvement from Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto’s 13:18.

He then ran 12:35:36 to break Kenenisa Bekele’s 5000m world record set in 2004 at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on August 14th.

He also smashed Bekele’s 15-year old 10,000m world record of 2005 at the NN Valencia World Record Day, Estadio de Atletismo del Turia, Valencia on October 7th.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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