Uganda’s 19-year-old Jacob Kiplimo wins World Half Marathon

Jacob Kiplimo celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the World Half Marathon on 17 October, 2020. /Getty Image

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo has won the World Half Marathon title in a championship record 58:49.

The 19-year-old becomes the first Ugandan athlete to achieve the feat.

Kiplimo’s victory on Sunday added the gloss to an already stellar year for Uganda’s athletics, thanks in a huge part to Joshua Cheptegei, the world record holder of the 5,000 meters race.

Cheptegei also took part in the Half Marthon and finished fourth.

Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie clocked a time of 58:54 to walk away with the silver medal while Ethiopia’s Amedework Walelegnwhile crossed the finish line in a time of 59:08 to win bronze.

Following Jacob’s win and Cheptegei’s performance, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni took to Twitter to thank the duo for representing their country as they did.

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