Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei smashed the world 15km record at the 35th edition of the Zevenheuvelenloop 15km Road Race that was held on Sunday (18) in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
The Seven Hills Race is considered the fastest course in the world, and the best time ever is held by Leonard Komon of Kenya who ran a time of 41:13 in 2010.
The 21-year-old who had announced that he was going to attack the world record in advance lived to his expectation as he battled Abrar Osman from Eritrea and the reigning world 5000m champion Muktar Edris from Ethiopia.
Despite the strong headwind, the world 10000m silver medallist managed to get close to the global best time with an impressively fast last 5 kilometers.
The Ugandan who has won this race three times left the two behind as he ran the final 3km as a lone ranger to cut the tape in a new world 15km record of 41:05.
He was followed a distant later by Osman who crossed the line in 42:34 with Edris closing the first three podium finishes in 42:55.
The first Dutch to cross the line was Mohamed Ali who clocked 44.29.