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At Only 19, Jacob Kiplimo smashes World Half Marathon Championship Record

Teenager Jacob Kiplimo smashed the World Half Marathon championship record. (worldathletics.org)

Sterling young teenager, Jacob Kiplimo eclipsed his rivals to smash the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020 in 58:49.

Only 19 years of age, and running the 21km distance for only the second time, the Ugandan surprised the field to reign supreme at the top of the podium.

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According to World Athletics, this is the first time in the 28-year history of this event that a Ugandan athlete won the long-distance running race. Into the last four laps, Kiplimo surged ahead with such a blistering pace to leave all his rivals behind.

Jubilantly, he crossed the finishing line, delighted with an additional bonus of a championship record. Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie finished second in 58:54 while Ethiopia’s Amedework Walelegn came in third in 59:08.

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Newly crowned 5000m and 10000m world champion and record holder – Joshua Cheptegei, finished fourth place in 59:21 on his debut at the distance.

Source: WorldAthletics.org