Athletics

Valencia 10,000m world record day: Everything you need to know 

Joshua Cheptegei will attempt to break Kenenisa Bekele's 10,000m world record in Valencia. The event will be streamed live on the Olympic Channel.

By Evelyn Watta ·

What is the Valencia world record day?

It’s a one-off day dedicated to breaking the 10,000m world record, organised by Dutch-based Athletics management company NN Running Team, Global Sports Communication, and SD Correcaminos.

The main attraction on Wednesday, October 7th at the Estadi Del Turia in Valencia will be Ugandan star Joshua Cheptegei, who will be hoping to lower Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old world 10,000m record of 26:17.53.

It's a huge challenge for the reigning 10,000m world champion, who in August broke another of Bekele's world records in Monaco.

But the 24-year-old believes he can follow in the footsteps of Olympic greats like Emile Zatopek, Haile Gebrselassie, Paul Tergat in breaking the record.

What time does it start?

The 10,000m world record race will start at 21:50 CET.

It will be preceded by a 5,000m women’s race at 21:30 CET.

How can you watch the race?

You can follow the action live on Olympic Channel.

The event will also be streamed on the NN Running Team YouTube channel.

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NN Valencia World Record Day

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How will it be run?

Cheptegei will rely on world-class pace-making and Wavelight technology to hit his target. Wavelight uses the rail (inside of the 400m track), and lights flash at an assigned pace to help a runner to achieve his or her target.

Former national Dutch champion Roy Hoornweg - who paced for world cross-country world champion Sam McCutcheon when he broke the 15km world record at the Seven Hills Race in November 2018 - will lead the forerunners.

The 2019 World Championships finalists Matt Ramsden (Australia) and Nicholas Kipkorir (Kenya) will also assist with pacing duties.

What’s the projected time for Cheptegei?

The assigned 5km split time for the pacers has been set at 13 minutes, seven seconds, with the projected finish for Chetegei set at 26:15.

That’s over two seconds faster than Bekele’s record!

Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei.

Joshua Cheptegei: "I am in outstanding form"

Cheptegei has broken world records over the 5,000m [12:35.36], the 5km [12:51], and a world best in the rarely raced 15km [41.05] all in the last 22 months, and is confident of achieving another in the 10,000m.

“As my performance in Monaco showed I am in outstanding form, so I would like to make the most of my current shape by attacking the 10,000m world record,” said the 25-year-old.

“Kenenisa’s 10,000m world record is one of the toughest in the books, but my training continues to go well, and this gives me real confidence I can set another world record. I have many happy memories in Valencia having set the world 10km road record there last year.

The history

Bekele will be keenly follow Cheptegei's attempt at breaking his record.

“I was delighted that the record went to Joshua, one of my NN Running teammates (in the 5,000m). He is an outstanding talent, who is clearly in great form and I wish him all the best in pursuit of the 10,000m world record in Valencia.”

10,000m WORLD RECORD PROGRESSION OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS.
Time Athlete Date Place
27:38.4 Lasse Virén (FIN)
September 3, 1972
Munich

27:30.8

David Bedford (GBR)
July 13, 1973
London
27:30.5
Samson Kimobwa (KEN)

June 30, 1977
Helsinki
27:22.4
Henry Rono (KEN)
June 11, 1978

Vienna
27:13.81
Fernando Mamede (POR)
July 2, 1984
Stockholm
27:08.23
Arturo Barrios (MEX)
August 18, 1989
Berlin
27:07.91
Richard Chelimo (KEN)
July 5, 1993
Stockholm
26:58.38 Yobes Ondieki (KEN)
July 10, 1993
Oslo
26:52.23
William Sigei (KEN)
July 22, 1994
Oslo
26:43.53

Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)
June 5, 1995
Hengelo
26:38.08
Salah Hissou (MAR)
August 23, 1996
Brussels
26:31.32
Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)
July 4, 1997
Oslo
26:27.85
Paul Tergat (KEN)
August 22, 1997
Brussels
26:22.75
Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)
June 1, 1998
Hengelo
26:20.31
Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)
June 8, 2004
Ostrava
26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)
August 26, 2005 Brussels

The athletes

Besides Cheptegei, several other runners will also chase national records in the 25-lap race.

Stewart McSweyn, who in September posted an Australian 3,000m record of 7:28.02 at the Diamond League in Rome, hopes to lower his national 10,000m record of 27:23.80.

Another World Championship finalist in Shadrack Kipchirchir will challenge the American record of 26:44.36.

Home runner Ouassim Oumaiz, who in August set a Spanish (Under-23) 5,000m record of 13:13.14 in Monaco, and Cheptegei’s training partner from the high-altitude region of Kapchorwa Stephen Kissa will also be on the start list.

World 10,000m silver medallist Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia will headline the women’s 5000m.