Kampala , Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s long-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo has today scooped the 10,000m race at Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic
The 20-year-old posted a Personal Best of 26:33:93 to beat his closest competitor Birhanu Balew of Bahrain who came second clocking 27:07:49 and Italian LLiass Aouani who clocked 27:45:81 in the third position. He however failed to break his counterpart Joshua Cheptegei’s record of 26:11:02 set in Valencia, Spain last year.
This puts Kiplimo in the 7th position of the Fastest athletes in the 10000m race. However, this also makes him the third Ugandan to win the race after Boniface Kiprop who won the race with a personal Best of 26:39.77 in Brussels in 2005 and Cheptegei.
In the same arrangement, the world half-marathon champion has also hit his target of securing the Olympic 10,000m qualification mark of 27:28.00. Before this edition, Kiplimo had last raced the distance on the track in 2018, with his personal best of 27:26.68 set when claiming the world U-20 bronze as a 15-year-old in 2016. At last year’s Golden Spike Kiplimo won the 5000m in a PB of 12:48.63.