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Cheptegei elated with third straight 10000m Global title

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David GOMBE

Joshua Cheptegei roared with the heart of the greatest to clinch a third 10000m World title on Sunday evening in Budapest.

The Ugandan stormed to a third successive 25-lap gold with a time of 27:51.42 beating Kenya’s Daniel Simiu Ebenyo and Olympic Champion at the distance Selemon Barega (Ethiopia) who finished second and third respectively.

“I am very excited and proud that I have succeed in winning my third world title in a row!! This was the best possible way to end the season. I am so proud that I have an amazing team around me and with our work together we made it possible to win for the third time! And fans, thank you so much for all the support.” Cheptegei wrote on his social media platforms

The long-distance icon became the fourth man in history to do three straight 25-lap World titles.

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

He also became the first Ugandan to win a medal at the ongoing 19th World Athletics Championship in Hungary.

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