World silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda will be targeting to lower the world course record at the 34th edition of the Zevenheuvelenloop 15km Road Race that will be held on Sunday (19) in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Cheptegei who is in great shape after the London showdown with Mo Farah in 10,000m has promised to lower the course record of 41:13 minutes that was set in 2010 by Leonard Komon from Kenya.
During the press briefing on Friday in Netherlands Cheptegei said, “my sole purpose is to lower the course record of my elder brother here (pointing Komon who was also there), because I have prepaired well for this race and my body is great shape and can’t wait for Sunday to run well and chase the course record.”
The 21 year-old athlete took honors at the 2015, 2016 edition and is targeting to level with the great legend Haile Gebreselassie and Sileshi Sihine both from Ethiopia who won the race three times in 1994,2005, 2011 and 2004,2007, 2009 respectively.
The world record holder over the distance Komon will also be fighting for the crown as he battles the Ugandan.
“I’m very happy to be back for the title contention and also looking to lower my own time,” Komon said.
Komon will also be looking for the third title at the race after winning the 2010 edition where he set the record and the 2013 edition.
Great Britains Callum Hawkins and Khalid Choukoud from the Nethrelands will also be on the start list with an aim to lift the crown come Sunday.