Joshua Chep­tegei plans to break SA 10km record

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Matthew Sa­vides

If Ugan­dan ath­lete Joshua Chep­tegei has his way‚ he will cover six me­tres ev­ery sec­ond as he pounds the Dur­ban tar­mac on Sun­day.

And if he does‚ he will not only run 10km in his fastest time ever‚ but also oblit­er­ate the fastest time ever run over the dis­tance in South Africa.

“I am re­ally su­per-ex­cited‚” said Chep­tegei‚ the 10‚000m and 5‚000m 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games cham­pion.

At last year’s event‚ Chep­tegei stormed to vic­tory in a time of 27 min­utes and 29 sec­onds‚ his per­sonal best over 10km on the road and the fastest 10km time on South African soil.

But this year‚ he said‚ he wanted to smash that time.

“I want to do a 27:20 or even much quicker‚” he said.

To put that into per­spec­tive‚ he would be run­ning at an av­er­age speed of 21.95km/h‚ cov­er­ing 6.09m ev­ery sec­ond‚ or 1‚200 feet ev­ery minute.

If this is pos­si­ble any­where‚ the Dur­ban 10k is the place it is likely to hap­pen.

Not only is the route flat and fast – and de­lib­er­ately so‚ ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers – it also runs through parts of the city where loud crowds are ex­pected to spur run­ners on to their blis­ter­ingly fast bests.

And with an ex­cel­lent elite ath­letes field – which in­cludes Swiss 10km record holder Julien Wan­ders and top South African run­ners Tha­bang Mosi­ako and El­roy Ge­lant – Chep­tegei be­lieves fast times are pos­si­ble.

“My plan is al­ways to run a fast race. There will be mo­ti­va­tion and cheers to go fast‚” he said.

“If my col­leagues can come up to­gether and we push‚ that’ll be good.” Wan­ders agreed.

“I feel in good shape‚ so I want to fight with these guys‚” he said of Ge­lant‚ Mosi­ako and Chep­tegei‚ who were sit­ting along­side him.

“We can push to­gether and try get a fast time. For sure‚ I want to com­pete for the win.”

Galant‚ how­ever‚ was more jovial about his chances of vic­tory.

“Joshua said he wants to go 27:20‚ so I want to go 27:19‚” he laughed.

The Dur­ban 10K takes place on Sun­day‚ and forms part of the FNB “Run Your City” se­ries‚ which also has events in Cape Town (over 12km) and Jo­han­nes­burg (over 10km).

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