Athletics

Jacob Kiplimo Wins 5000m Race in Ostrava

Uganda’s long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo rose to the occasion during the 59th Golden Spike meeting held in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Tuesday.

The 19-year old posted a timing of 12:48.63 to win the 5000m race, beating Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega and Italian Yomaneberhan Crippa who came second and third respectively.

Barega finished second on the track with a 12:49.8 timing while Yomaneberhan posted a 13:22.6 timing.

Spaniards Ouassim Oumaiz (13:17.52) and Abdessamad Oukhelfen (13:17.95), Austria’s Andreas Vojta (13:24.3), Italian Otman El Said (13:24.13), and Elzan Bibic from Serbia (13:26.56) followed in the descending order.

Kiplimo’s victory comes less than a month after Joshua Cheptegei smashed the World Record in the same event, clocking 12:35.36 in Monaco, France.

The 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Junior Champion Kiplimo also previously won bronze in 10,000m at the 2016 World U20 Championship.

Earlier on, Winnie Nanyondo took part in the 1500m race but finished ninth. Kenyan Faith Kipyegon won the event after clocking 3:59.05 to edge Laura Weightman (4.01.96) and Jemima Reekie (4:03.25) both from the United Kingdom.

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