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Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (born 12 September 1996) is a Ugandan long-distance runner.[2] In 2017 he became the Silver medallist in the 10000 m run at the World championship in London. In 2018 he set a world record for the 15 km road race and became the World Cross Country champion in 2019. In 2019 in Doha, he won a gold medal in the 10000m men's finals.

Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei
Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei Eugene 2014.jpg
Personal information
Born (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 23)
Kapsewui, Kapchorwa District[1]
Event(s)Long-distance running
TeamNN Running Team
Coached byAddy Ruiter[1]

Early lifeEdit

Cheptegei was born on 12 September 1996 in Kapsewui, Kapchorwa District, Uganda.[1] In primary school, Cheptegei first played football and tried out the long jump and triple jump, but switched to running when he discovered his talent in distance running.[1]

Cheptegei studied languages and literature in Kampala for two years,[3] and is employed by the Uganda National Police.[4]


He is a silver medallist in the 10,000 metres at the 2017 World Championships in London.[5] He also competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing finishing ninth. He ran at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, finishing eight and sixth respectively. Cheptegei was the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres champion at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Cheptegei is the four-time winner of the Zevenheuvelenloop 15 km road race in Nijmegen, Netherlands. In 2018 Cheptegei set the world record for a 15 km road race.[6] He finished in 41:05 and improved the world record by 8 seconds, formerly set by Leonard Komon at the Zevenheuvelenloop in 2010.[7] Abrar Osman finished second with 42:34 and the 2017 5000 m world champion Muktar Edris placed third with 42:56.[8]

Cheptegei was the winner of the senior men's race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. He won in 31:40 on the 10.24 km course. Ugandan teammate Jacob Kiplimo finished second in 31:44. As Thomas Ayeko placed 7th and Josehp Ayeko tenth, Uganda won the team first place title.[9]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Uganda
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 4th 5000 m 13:32.84
1st 10,000 m 28:32.86
African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 10,000 m DNF
2015 African Junior Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st 10,000 m 29:58.70
World Championships Beijing, China 9th 10,000 m 27:48.89
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th 5000 m 13:09.17
6th 10,000 m 27:10.06
2017 World Cross Country Championships Kampala, Uganda 30th Senior race 30:08
World Championships London, United Kingdom 2nd 10,000 m 26:49.94
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 1st 5000 m 13:50.83
1st 10,000 m 27:19.62
2019 World Cross Country Championships Aarhus, Denmark 1st 10 km 31:40
World Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 10,000m 26:48.36

Personal bestsEdit



  1. ^ a b c d Joshua Cheptegei. GC2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei". IAAF. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Cheptegei overlaps number two to win 10000m gold". 19 December 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Police Consider Promoting Medalist Cheptegei, Colleagues after Winning Gold". 9 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  5. ^ "10,000 Metres men". IAAF. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  6. ^ Krol, Maarten & van Hemert, Wim (20 April 2019). Zevenheuvelenloop 15 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2019-4-20.
  7. ^ "untitled". Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Road round-up: Cheptegei clocks 15km world best in Nijmegen, Melese breaks Shanghai Marathon course record| News |". Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  9. ^ "men senior final |". Retrieved 28 April 2019.

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