Kiplimo ‘Not Thinking’ About World Record Ahead of Valencia

Uganda’s long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo says that has watered down the talk of breaking a World Record ahead of a half marathon event in Valencia in December this year.

Following his World Half Marathon victory in Gdynia Poland this month, Kiplimo will be the man to beat come December.

However, he will face strong competition from Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto.

The World Record at a half marathon was set by Geoffrey Kamworor when he set a time of 58:01 at the Copenhagen Half Marathon on 15 September 2019.

“I think maybe let me sit with my coach and we plan the training programme,” Kiplimo told World Athletics.

“I am not thinking of that now.”

Besides the World Record, Kiplimo will be targeting to revenge on Kipruto who beat him to 10,000m gold at the World U20 Championships in 2018.

The course record in Valencia is at 58:18.

To win the World Half Marathon Championship in Poland, Kiplimo clocked 58:49.

Valencia has of recent been known for producing the fastest times with two world records have been set in the men’s 10km and two women’s world records for the half marathon.

A win in Valencia will be an icing on the cake for Kiplimo’s 2020 that saw him beat Ethiopia’s Simon Barega in 5000m in Ostrava and later stun Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigsten in 3000m in Rome Diamond League.

On his recent preparations during the pandemic year, Kiplimo added: “I was disappointed about all the problems in the world, but for me (the pandemic) was not so bad. There were restrictions, they closed everywhere, even the schools. We were at home. I knew this period will finish so I used the time to improve.”

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