Joshua Cheptegei has failed to beat Daniel Komen’s 3000-metre world record

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Photo credit: MICHAL CIZEK - Getty Images
Photo credit: MICHAL CIZEK - Getty Images

Joshua Cheptegei has failed in his attempt to beat Daniel Komen’s 3,000-metre world record at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Komen’s time of 7:20.67, which he set in 1991, has stood for nearly 25 years. Had Cheptegei been successful in breaking it, he will be only the third man in history to simultaneously hold the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-metre records, having set new 5,000 and 10,000-metre world records last season.

According to Daily Monitor, a Ugandan newspaper, Cheptegei decided to focus on speed in order to prepare him for a fresh attempt at the 5,000 and 10,000-metre races at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Cheptegei’s coach Addy Ruiter told Daily Monitor: 'Trying to run a world record is an extra motivation to bring his speed even till a higher level and hopefully he will make a profit of it in Tokyo. After Ostrava, the focus in the last 10 weeks will be totally on Tokyo.'

Komen’s 3,000-metre record is notoriously hard to beat; only a handful of runners have come close. Hicham El Guerrouj is the only runner to come within four seconds, running 7:23.09 in 1999. Kenenisa Bekele, who previously held the 5,000 and 10,000-metre records, has never managed faster than 7:25.79.

Speaking to before the race, Cheptegei’s agent Jurrie van der Velden had said: 'It’s a big ask for Joshua to break [the record], we have to be realistic about that. But we believe it’s possible with the training he’s done. It will be the toughest attempt for him thus far.'

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