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Jacob Kiplimo Wins 5000m in Ostrava After Two-Year Absence

Uganda’s long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo has defied odds to win the 5000m race at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Kiplimo, 19-year old, outpaced favourite Seleman Barega of Ethiopia to win after finishing at 12:48.63 on his return to track.

Barega finished third with 12:49.08 while Italy’s Yomaneberhan Crippa sealed the other podium finish.

Jacob Kiplimo

Kiplimo’s victory comes less than a month after his country mate Joshua Cheptegei smashed the World Record in the same event when he clocked 12:35.36 in Monaco.

This was the first track race for the buzzing youngster since 2018.

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

Kiplimo came into the race with his personal best at 13:13.64, but his new time is the second fastest (behind Cheptegei’s) for any Ugandan athlete in the 5000m.

Earlier, Winnie Nanyondo finished ninth as Faith Kipyegon dominated the 1500m.

Did You Know?

At the start of this year, in a road race at the 95th San Silvestre de Sao Paulo in Brazil, Jacob Kiplimo saw his win taken away in dramatic scenes when he tried to celebrate before reaching the finish line. The Youngster put his arms arms up in celebratory fashion before Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie pipped him from behind to claim the victory.

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