Two controversial world records were set on Wednesday over the course of a historic hour. Joshua Cheptegei broke the men’s 10,000m record, shaving six seconds off the previous time, while Letesenbet Gidey took four seconds off the women’s 5,000m time earlier at the event.
Both athletes made history while wearing Nike ZoomX Dragonfly spikes, a new version of the Nike Vaporfly shoe worn by a number of world record breaking athletes, including Mo Farah.
At the event in Valencia, which had been branded as “World Record Day” in advance, Cheptegei broke a world record that had been set in 2005 by Kenenisa Bekele. The 24-year-old now possesses both the 10,000m and 5,000m world record, having broken the latter earlier this year.
Gidey’s performance in the women’s 5000m was just as astounding, recording a time of 14min 6.62sec, breaking Tirunesh Dibaba’s 2008 record.
Sam Ehlinger has taken a spread-the-wealth approach to begin the season as he acclimates to a largely inexperienced cast of pass-catchers. This effort has led to nine Longhorns hauling in passes from Texas’ senior signal caller in each of the first two games, with five Longhorns having at least four receptions to their name early on.
Of that bunch, redshirt sophomore receiver Joshua Moore is beginning to separate himself as a bit of a security blanket for Ehlinger, and certainly as a big-play threat.
Though the quality of opponent warranted evaluating that performance with a grain of salt, Moore’s six-catch, 127-yard outing against UTEP, which began with a 78-yard catch and run touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, may have served as a significant early building block. Following Moore’s initial explosion for a touchdown, each of his next five