Kampala, Uganda: It was a moment of double joy for Uganda’s super hero athlete Joshua Cheptegei who ended the year with a win in the 10km San Silvestre Vallecana competitions held on the streets of Spain Capital City, Madrid on Saturday.
Cheptegei won the competitions after running the 10 kilometer road for just 27 minutes and 9 seconds.
The Ugandan long runner is a world record holder in the 5000m and 10000m and Olympic 5000m gold medalist from Tokyo.
Cheptegei however failed to beat fellow Ugandan runner Jacob Kiplimo’s record of 26:39 from 2018, which, at the time, was the world record.
These were Cheptegei’s first competitions after he got a knee problem in the 5000m final at the Oregon World Athletics Championships in July 2022.
The San Silvestre Vallecana is an annual 10 km road race held on December 31 in Madrid , Spain since 1964 and is based upon the Saint Silvester Road Race, a Brazilian race held since 1925 which spawned numerous other New Year’s Eve races.
It has a fun run for amateur athletes and an elite race for professional athletes with the race achieving its historical record of participants, up to 40,000 in 2012.
The San Silvestre Vallecana is one of the city’s foremost annual running events along with the Madrid Marathon.