Uganda’s long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo won the 64th edition of the Campaccio in San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy on Sunday.
The World Half Marathon champion crossed the finishing line at 29:07 to beat Ethiopia’s Nibret Melak (29:10).
In the same race, another Ugandan Oscar Chelimo came third when he clocked 29:14, in a 10km distance.
In the Women’s category, Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia was the victor.
Kiplimo, in the lead group, set the pace when he covered the opening kilometre in 3:08 before later breaking away alongside Melak and Chelimo.
He then launched his attack, opening up a three-second lead over Melak during the fourth lap, going through eight kilometres in 23:35.
Kiplimo stumbled in the ninth kilometre, but fully recovered. Melak tried to close to gap in the waning stages by the 20-year-old Ugandan responded and held on, crossing the finish line in 29:07.
“Unfortunately I fell during the last lap, but it was a good race,” Kiplimo told World Athletics. “I enjoyed running on this course.”
Kiplimo said he’ll open the track season in Ostrava in May, but hasn’t yet decided which distance he’ll run at the Olympic Games.
The Men (10km) –
- Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda) 29:07
- Nibret Melak (Ethiopia) 29:10
- Oscar Chelimo (Uganda) 29:14
- Eyob Faniel (Italy) 29:53
- Mogos Tuemay (Ethiopia) 29:55
- Iliass Aouani (Italy) 30:01
- Yohannes Chiappinelli (Italy) 30:40
- Cesare Maestri (Italy) 30:51
- Jacopo Brasi (Italy) 31:12
- Andrea Palumbo (Italy) 31:14
(Additional Reporting from World Athletics)