Uganda’s 19-year-old athletics sensation Jacob Kiplimo has beaten a strong field of runners to win gold in 58.49 seconds and also set a new championship record at the World half marathon championships in Gdynia, Poland.
Debutante Kiplimo came into this event on the back of impressive displays in the 3000 and 5000 meters this year.
Little wonder he went one better than he did at the World cross country championship last year and in the process won Uganda’s first-ever gold medal at the world half marathon.
“We feel very great. We have been working willingly as a team. We are happy” said Kiplimo who also guided Uganda to the team bronze.
On course Kiplimo called “good and he enjoyed” Uganda had pre-race favorite Joshua Cheptegei finish fourth and Stephen Kissa 19th at the championship the winner earned $30,000 (about 111m/-).
Kenya’s Kandie Kibiwott finished second while Ethiopian Amedework Walelegn completed in third among the men.
In the women’s event, Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir was enormous in her effort with a new world record in a women-only race and was followed by Germany’s Melat Kajeta and Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw.