Ugandan long-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo made history on Sunday at the Sevens Hills road race in Nijmegen, Netherlands, by equaling the 15km world record set by his compatriot Joshua Cheptegei in 2018. Kiplimo completed the race in a remarkable time of 41 minutes and 5 seconds, mirroring Cheptegei’s previous world record.
Maintaining a blistering pace throughout the race, Kiplimo clocked 14 minutes and 24 seconds at the 5km mark, averaging an impressive 2 minutes and 54 seconds per kilometer. His pace continued to quicken, reaching 2 minutes and 35 seconds per kilometer at the 10km point, with a total time of 30 minutes and 35 seconds. Kiplimo’s final sprint powered him through the finish line with a pace of 2 minutes and 31 seconds per kilometer.
Rogers Kibet, another Ugandan athlete, secured the second position with a finishing time of 42 minutes and 44 seconds, while Kenya’s Amos Serem claimed the third spot in 43 minutes and 47 seconds.
Expressing his joy and pride, Kiplimo remarked, “It is great joy for me that I have made history in the 15-kilometer road racing.”
In the women’s category, Uganda’s Stella Chesang secured the third position, completing the race in 48 minutes and 2 seconds. The women’s race was won by Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech, crossing the finish line at 47 minutes and 12 seconds.
Peter Chelangat, Kiplimo’s coach, conveyed his elation, thanking the accomplished long-distance athlete for bringing pride to Uganda. “He did us proud; it was a super run for him,” Chelangat said.