Cheptegei taking a shot at the 10k record on October 7

#1
https://www.nnrunningteam.com/news/...in-nn-valencia-world-record-day-on-october-7/

I just caught that Cheptegei is taking a shot at the longstanding 10k record of 26:17. They'll be streaming it on the NN Team's youtube page but, given that it's on a work day, I will likely not be able to catch this one live. With his WR performance in the 5k back in August, this should make for a good one.

Edit: As a rider to this, it looks like he will also be making his half-marathon debut a week or so later on October 17. Very interested to see what sort of performances he can put up given his incredible fitness.
 
#2
https://www.letsrun.com/news/2020/1...egei-kipchirchir-aims-to-join-us-sub-27-club/

Let's Run wrote a really good preview for this. I appreciate the quote they pulled from Cheptegei's press conference about how he rates his chances...

“[The record] is hard, but of course I am also harder. I have shown in different terrains. I have shown in cross country, I have shown in 15 kilometers on the road. I showed in Monaco in February over 5k on the road. And of course still people never believed that I could come close to the 5,000 meters world record. Now I have it and the next goal is to try and break the 10,000 meters world record.”
 
#3
What a day for distance running!
Not one but two world records yesterday in Valencia.
It’d be interesting to know how much people think the use of new shoe technologies and the wave light pacing system helped. Either way amazing races.

Can’t wait to see Cheptegei in the half next week. Is there anything this guy can’t do????
 
#4
I am curious to see if wavelight will get attacked as the next piece of technology that has GoNe ToO fAr!. I believe he ran in the Nike Dragonfly and I suppose we will have to see how it fares when track events start to pick back up (if others break the previous record).

I will definitely be watching Cheptegei's half performance with interest. It seems that he's unstoppable at the moment.
 
#5
That is an interesting question, though of course seemingly impossible to parse as it involves two separate variables and none of this happened in a vacuum. I mean, if you really want to look at it cynically then potentially nothing helped as much as these athletes being able to train in the absence of any possible OOC drug tests for many months due to lockdowns, travel quarantines, and social distancing mandates. Cheptegei certainly isn't a bum in the absence of any of this, each singularly imparts marginal gain - just like switching from cinder tracks to mondo has. Eras transition along with any and every applicable scientific innovation as well as psychological advancement.

Anyway, records are made to be broken. :cool:
 
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#6
https://www.nnrunningteam.com/news/...in-nn-valencia-world-record-day-on-october-7/

Edit: As a rider to this, it looks like he will also be making his half-marathon debut a week or so later on October 17. Very interested to see what sort of performances he can put up given his incredible fitness.
A different Ugandan took the win: https://www.worldathletics.org/comp...s-7138821/news/report/men/half-marathon/final
And a WR in the women's race: https://www.worldathletics.org/comp...hips-7138821/news/feature/women/half-marathon
 
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