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Uganda’s Cheptegei Wins The Men’s 3000 Meter Race In Ostrava

Uganda’s Cheptegei Wins Men’s 3000 Meter Race In Ostrava

As he promised before, Joshua Cheptegei on Wednesday won the men’s 3000-meter race during the 60th Ostrava Golden Spike in the Czech Republic. Golden Spike is an athletics event that happens every year at the Mestsky Stadion in Ostrava-Vitkovice.

It is part of the IAAF World Challenge Meetings in the Czech Republic. The first of its kind happened back in 1996

The 24-year-old athlete has been untouchable on the track since 2019 as he set world records for the 5000m and 10,000m. He did this again on Wednesday when he ran for 07:33:24 to cross the finish line in first place. 1500 fans were allowed in the stadium under the loosening COVID-19 restrictions.

In second place, USA’s Paul Chelimo posted a time of 7:41:69. Oscar Chelimo was placed 3rd after running for 7:43:00.

Despite winning the 3000m race, Cheptegei fell short of beating the 7:20:67 record set by Kenya’s Daniel Komen in 1996. He, however, set his own personal best but also improved on his previous record time of 7:33:26.

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