Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey dethrone Bekele and Dibaba

Africa has regained its supremacy in the long distance, now holding the world records in the 5,000m and 10,000m, in the ladies and in the men. Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei and Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey are the authors of these performances.Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey set a new 10,000m world record by setting a time of 29’01’03 during the Ethiopian Olympic trials in Hengelo (Netherlands). She erased the record held by Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan (29’06’82). Previously, Letensebet Gidey had distinguished himself in a very good way by passing from life to death the world record of 5,000 m of his compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba, established in 2008 in 14'11''15, with a staggering time of 14 ' 06''62.10,000m world champion Joshua Cheptegei has had an exceptional 2020. After seizing the world record of 5,000 m on August 14 in Monaco in 12'35''36, the Ugandan once again erased the Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele from the tablets by stealing the 10,000 m from him, brought to the incredible time of 26'11''00. Bekele had managed 26'17''53 in 2005 in Brussels.

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