Kiplimo Going For Olympic Double After Earning 5000m Ticket

Uganda’s long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo will be doing a track double of 5000m and 10,000m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The youngster managed to earn a place to compete in 5000m after clocking the required time on Tuesday.

Kiplimo was the fastest with a time of 12:55.60, which is way better than the qualifying time of 13:13.50, at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern, a World Athletics continental tour silver level series.

In a thrilling finish, the reigning half marathon World champion beat Kenya’s Daniel Simiyu on home stretch.

Simiyu not only finished second but clinched a new personal best time of 12:55.88.

Kiplimo who had already qualified for the 10000m at Olympics, joins Oscar Chelimo and Joshua Cheptegei as the three Uganda athletes for the men’s 5000m in Tokyo.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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