By Alex Bossa
World 5,000M and 10,000M meter record holder Joshua Cheptegei is set to make history to become the third Athlete in history to hold the 500M, 1000M and 3000M records when he steps on the track today in his debut 3,000M race at the 2021 Ostrava Golden Spike.
Kenya’s Henry Rono and Finland’s Pavo Nurmi are the only athletes to have held the 3 records concurrently and currently Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei holds the 5000M and 10,000M.
In August 2020, Cheptegei broke Kenenisa Bekele’s 16 year 5,000M world record with a time of 12:35:36 at the Diamond league in Monaco and he followed it up with the 10,000M World record in Valencia clocking 26:11.00 in October 2020.
If Cheptegei manages to race ahead of time and run under 7:20.67, he will break the record that has stood since 1st September 1996 that was set by Kenya’s Daniel Komen. The closest athlete to have tried to break the record was Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco in 1999 where he managed to clock 7:23.09.
It should be noted that the 3,000M race record is one of those hard nuts to crack since it requires more speed than the 5,000M and 10,000M races. This will require Cheptegei to race at not less than an average of 3:56 mile pace seven and half laps to finally break the record.
Also at the 2021 Ostrava Golden Spike will be Jacob Kiplimo who will be aiming to secure the Olympic 10,000 M qualifying mark of 27:28.00.
The Uganda Marathon champion who won last years’ 5,000M Golden Spike with a personal best (PB) of 12:48.63 will be setting foot on the track for the first time this year.