Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo has won the men’s world half marathon that was held in Gdynia, Poland on Saturday.
Kiplimo claimed the championship in a record time of 58:49 to become the first Ugandan to win the event in it’s 28 year history.
Before Kiplimo’s astonishing performance, Uganda had won just one medal at the world half marathon, bronze in the men’s team event in 2004.
The 19 year old also became the youngest ever winner of the marathon. His only half marathon before today was the 1:01:53 he ran in Kampala in 2019.
Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie finished in second place in 58:54 and Ethiopia’s Amedework Walelegn third in 59:08.
Kiplimo’s compatriot Joshua Cheptegei made his debut at the distance and finished in fourth place with a swift time of 59:21.
A win today could have seen Cheptegei become the second man in the modern era to win global titles on track, road and cross country. Khalid Skah is the last man to achieve the feat following his stunning performances in 1994.