Uganda’s Kiplimo wins 10-kilometre-gold in Valencia

Uganda’s Long-distance-Runner and World-Record-Holder Jacob Kiplimo finishing the line to win the 10-kilometer Valencia Ibercaja Road Race in Spain on Sunday, Jannuary 14, 2024

Valencia, (ESP): Uganda’s Long-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo Sunday won the 10-kilometer Valencia Ibercaja Road Race in the famous Spanish City.

In a formidable race, the reigning 2023 World Cross Country Champion secured the 10-kilometer road race victory in 26 minutes and 53 seconds.

Kiplimo was followed by Balew Birhanu from Bahrain who crossed the finishing line in 26 minutes and 59 seconds while Kenya’s Peter Mwaniki Aila, came third in 27 minutes and 0 seconds.

The world record holder started the race leading throughout, covering the first 5 kilometres in 13 minutes and 30 seconds.

He immediately opened up a gap between himself and rival Denis Kibet extending his lead to the final line.

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“It’s a good start for 2024, and I look forward to advancing in my training to achieve this year’s mission of shining, especially when it comes to major Athletics events, like the World Cross Country and Olympics,” Kiplimo said.

Another talented Uganda athlete, Rogers Kibet secured the 8th position with a time of 27 minutes and 35 seconds while Joy Cheptoyek finished 5th in the women’s category after crossing the finishing line in 30 minutes and 12 seconds, in the race won by Kenya’s Agnes Chebet.

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Njia Benjamin, the vice president of technical at Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), says, the great performance from the Ugandan athletes at the event is a sign of a better season start for Team Uganda.

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