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Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei breaks world record in 10-kilometer race

VALENCIA, Spain -- Joshua Cheptegei has broken the world record in a 10,000-meter road race in Valencia on Sunday.

The Ugandan set a time of 26 minutes, 38 seconds -- six seconds faster than the previous record held since 2010 by Kenya's Patrick Komon.

Cheptegei was coming off world titles in cross country and track events this season.

Cheptegei overtook his pacesetters before the halfway point and was on his own the rest of the race in the eastern Spanish city.

"World cross champion in Denmark, 10,000-meter world champion in Doha and now the world record here in Valencia. What a year it has been," said Cheptegei, 23, according to the IAAF. "I can't believe it. I knew that Valencia was going to be a really fast course, one of the fastest in the world. So to get to achieve what we came here for is something really special."