Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei is aiming to make a real statement and claim a world record in his first race on the track this year on Friday.
The 23-year-old is aiming to break the 16-year-old world record for the 5,000 metres, set by Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, at the first Diamond League meeting of the year.
Cheptegei does not seem concerned that this will be his first track race this season, which has seen many events cancelled or postponed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is great time back here again for something special. I am feeling great to compete again and I just hope that the body responds well,” he told BBC Sport Africa.
“It’s been a tough moment trying to move out of Uganda but I feel good coming to Monaco in these tough times.
“Just to break it would be awesome for me even if by microseconds. I mean of course not so many people can do world record. So it will be an historical moment.” (BBC)