Joshua cheptegei maintains his title of the world’s best in 10,000 Metre
Olympic champion Joshua Cheptegei has won gold in the men’s 10,000m race in Oregon, United States.
The world recorder holder narrowly grabbed gold on Sunday to win his second straight World Athletics Championship title.Cheptegei led for large periods of the race and held off all challengers on the final lap at Eugene’s Hawyard Field to clock a winning time of 27:27.43.
He finished ahead of Kenya’s Stanley Waithaka Mburu by 47 seconds and his own teammate Jacob Kiplimo by 54 seconds.
Mburu claimed silver in 27:27.90 while Kiplimo took bronze in 27:27.97.
Reigning Olympic champion Selemon Barega of Ethiopia finished fifth after American Grant Fisher beat him to the fourth position.
Two years ago in Doha, Joshua Cheptegei and Rhonex Kipruto ran Yomif Kejecha ragged before Cheptegei went on to take the gold medal.
At the Olympics last year, Selemon Barega kicked early and hung on to defeat Cheptegei and Kiplimo.
Last year in Tokyo Cheptegei kept his powder dry until the bell, only to be outkicked by Selemon Barega. On Sunday he started upping the ante with over a kilometre to go, throwing in laps of 64 and 63 seconds to stretch a group of eight as they hit the bell.