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Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo wins 5000M in Style

Uganda’s long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo overcame a competitive field to win the 5000m race at the Golden Spike meeting on Tuesday night.

Kiplimo who had been on the rise, in the last couple of years, was dominant at the race held in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The 19 year old arrived home in a time of 12:48:63 beating pre-race favorite Seleman Barega of Ethiopia by 0.48.

Italy’s Yomaneberhan Crippa completed the podium setting a new National record in the 5000m race with a time of 13:02:26.

This is Kiplimo’s second victory at the international stage after winning the 2017 World Cross country championships-junior Men’s race, which were held in Kampala.

Kiplimo has been showing signs of progress in the last two years, finishing second in both the World U20 Championship in 2018 and the 10,000m race at the World Cross country championships in 2019.

His victory in Ostrava caps an impressive last few months for Ugandan athletes, following Joshua Cheptegei’s world record win in Monaco in August.

Elsewhere in Ostrava, another Ugandan-Winnie Nanyondo finished 9th in the Women 1500m.

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