ATHLETICS : Jacob Kiplimo excels at the 59th Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting

DAVID GOMBE

Uganda’s long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo clocked 12:48:63 to win the 5000m race on Tuesday at the 59th Ostrava Golden Spike meeting in Czech Republic.

The Ugandan was taking part in the track race for the first time since 2018.

Seleman Barega of Ethiopia finished in second place with 12:48.63 while Italian Yomaneberhan Crippa was third.

The World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting was earlier scheduled for May but was postponed due to the deadly global Coronavirus pandemic.

It attracts some of the biggest names in the world of athletics.

Last year, Kiplimo excelled at the Simplyhealthy Great Manchester run in a time of 27:31, the fourth fastest time for 10km on the roads last year.

The 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Junior champion’s victory comes in less than a month after Ugandan icon Joshua Cheptegei made history by breaking a 16 year old 5000m world record with 12:35.36 at the Monaco Diamond League in August.

Winnie Nanyondo who was also hoping to perform better than she did at the Monaco Diamond League last month finished ninth in the 1500m.

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