Golden Cheptegei storms to third successive 10,000m World title

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David GOMBE

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei retained his 10000m World title with a stunning run at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest on Sunday evening.

The Ugandan maestro clinched his third straight title in a time of 27:51.42 on a hot, humid night in Budapest.

The World record holder over 5000m and 10000m had previously won the title in 2019 in Doha and last year in Oregon.

Kenya’s Daniel Simiu Ebenyo finished second while Olympic Champion at the distance Selemon Barega (Ethiopia) was third.

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Berihu Aregawi who into the race as the favourite with the World leading time at the distance was fourth.

Cheptegei also becomes the fourth man in history to win the title three times in a row.

The others are Great Britain’s Mo Farah, Ethiopian duo of Haile Gebrselassie and Kenesia Bekele.

Gebrselassie and Kenesia Bekele however won the 10000m World title four times in a row.

Without the injured Jacob Kiplimo, Cheptegei had to battle for victory alongside compatriots Rogers Kibet (finished 22nd) and Joel Ayeko(did not finish).

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MEN’S 10000M – World Champions

•Budapest 2023: Joshua Cheptegei (UGA)
•Oregon 2022: Joshua Cheptegei (UGA)
•Doha 2019: Joshua Cheptegei (UGA)
•London 2017: Mo Farah (GBR)
•Beijing 2015: Mo Farah (GBR)
•Moscow 2013: Mo Farah (GBR)
•Daegu 2011: Ibrahim Jeilan (ETH)
•Berlin 2009: Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)
•Osaka 2007: Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)

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