Uganda’s 19-year-old Kiplimo Wins World Half Marathon As Cheptegei Finishes In Fourth Position

Uganda’s 19-year-old Kiplimo Wins World Half Marathon As Cheptegei Finishes In Fourth Position

 By Bariyo Brian Tumuramye 

Gdynia Poland: Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo has won the World Half Marathon in Gdynia, Poland. The 19-year-old beat favorite world champion Joshua Cheptegei after breaking the record in 58:48 minutes and became the first and youngest Ugandan to achieve this milestone.

Cheptegei also put up a good race despite finishing outside the medal bracket finishing in fourth position while Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie came second in  58:54 minutes record.

World’s Junior World Half Champion Jacob Chiplimo

Kiplimo won the 5000m at the World Athletics Continental Tour meeting in Ostrava with a PB of 12:48.63 and then went on to triumph over 3000m at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Rome in a world-leading 7:26.64, breaking the Ugandan record and becoming the fastest teenager in history for the distance.

Cheptegei, the world cross-country champion, broke the world 5000m record at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco last month with 12:35.36.

Here at TheSpy Uganda, we express our deepest hearty congratulations to you Kiplimo. Keep going….

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