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Athletics: Jacob Kiplimo Joins Chepetegei To Win Gold Medal In COVID Era

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By: Kayiira Jackson

Uganda’s youngster, Jacob Kiplimo bagged a gold medal in 5000m race at the Golden Spite meeting in Ostrava on Tuesday evening.

The 19-year old athlete won the 5000m race in a space of 12:48:63 to outsprint Ethiopia’s Seleman Berega to join another Ugandan star, Joshua Cheptegei who broke a 16-year old record and won a gold medal in Monaco last month.

Kiplimo who also  won the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country junior championship and a silver medal in World Cross Country championship in 2019, set his personal best.

Winnie Nanyondo

In the Earlier race, another Ugandan Winnie Nanyondo finished ninth in the 1500m race that was dominated by Kenyan Faith Kipyegon.

This was Jacob Kiplimo’s first track race since 2018 and becomes the second Ugandan athlete to return with victory after Joshua Cheptegei won the 5000m race in the Diamond League.

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