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04 December 2023 | Athletics

Always a journey of 1000 miles kicks off with just one step, it’s important to note that Joshua Cheptegei’s era on the road is now officially underway.

Cheptegei finished 37th in Valencia marathon after clocking 2:01:48 on Sunday December 3 in Valencia.

The elite runner had a good start to the Marathon as he glued on the leading pack for the first half of the marathon before he fell off.

Inside the first 21km, Cheptegei looked steady and firm as he kept cling on the shoulders of eventually the race runner Sissay Lemma but the next 21km hardly came as planned.

Ethiopia’s Lema won the Valencia Marathon (2:01:48) to take the throne that was previously held by Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum.

Cheptegei will take the bad start on a road as a point of motivation knowing he has also had bad days on track and later turned up big like a victor he is known to be.

However, in the upcoming Olympics games, Cheptegei will be back to defend his 10,000m gold medal in what many think will be his last big race on the track.

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