Ugandan long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei retained his Monaco Run title to mark a perfect to his 2021 season on Sunday.
Cheptegei posted 13:11 to upstage Kenyans
Bethwell Birgen and Davis Kiplangat who
crossed the finish line in second and third
The 24-year old led the race from the start
and by the 1KM split, he was shoulder to
shoulder with Kiplangat and Birgen.
The field had to endure cold and windy
weather despite the sun lighting up sections
of the designated streets in Monaco.
At the 3KM mark, Birgen and Tokyo
Olympics medal hopeful Cheptegei had both
run 8:00, Kiplangat just a micro-second
In the final stretch of the race, Cheptegei
drew close to 10m away from his opponent
to reach the tape in fashion, a start he
wanted for the new 2021 season.
Men’s Race Results | 2021 Monaco Run
His performance brought back memories of
the 2020 season when he also kicked it off
on the streets of Monaco, the 5KM edition
of that year .
In the women’s race, Beatrice Chepkoech
broke the Sifa Hassan’s 2019 world record
set in Monaco (14:44) after the running the
5KM in 14:43.