Joshua Cheptegei’s recent record setting run in the 5k is now arguably the best distance running performance ever, according to VDOT. If you take the world records from 1500m up to the marathon, Cheptegei’s 12:35 scores the highest VDOT ever (85.3). Previously, Kenenisa Bekele owned the top two performances with his 26:17 10k (85.1) and 12:37 5k (85.0).

Top 20 Performances By VDOT

  1. Joshua Cheptegei, 12:35 5k, 2020 – (85.3)
  2. Kenenisa Bekele, 26:17 10k, 2005 – (85.1)
  3. Kenenisa Bekele, 12:37 5k, 2004 – (85.0)
  4. Kenenisa Bekele, 26:20 10k, 2004 – (84.9)
  5. Haile Gebrselassie, 26:22 10k, 1998 – (84.8)
  6. Haile Gebrselassie, 12:39 5k, 1998 – (84.8)
  7. Daniel Komen, 12:39 5k, 1997 – (84.8)
  8. Eliud Kipchoge, 2:01:39 Marathon, 2018 – (84.7)
  9. Geoffrey Kamworor, 58:01 Half, 2019 – (84.7)
  10. Kenenisa Bekele, 2:01:41 Marathon, 2019 – (84.6)
  11. Haile Gebrselassie, 12:41 5k, 1997 – (84.5)
  12. Paul Tergat, 26:27 10k, 1997 – (84.5)
  13. Abraham Kiptum, 58:18 Half, 2018 – (84.2)
  14. Haile Gebrselassie, 12:44 5k, 1995 – (84.1)
  15. Hicham El Guerrouj, 3:26 1500m, 1998 – (83.6)
  16. Bernard Lagat, 3:26 1500m, 2001 – (83.6)
  17. Asbel Kiprop, 3:26 1500m, 2015 – (83.6)
  18. Daniel Komen, 7:20 3k, 1996 – (83.6)
  19. Dennis Kimetto, 2:02:57 Half, 2014 – (83.6)
  20. Joshua Cheptegei, 41:05 15k, 2018 – (83.1)

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