The unstoppable Kiplimo 19, who walked away with 5000m race win in Ostrava, did it again when crossed the line first in the 3000m race in Rome. He didn’t stop at this but also set a new Ugandan record of the same..
This was at the Diamond League where he came in as one of the three favorites to win.
The former IAAF Cross country junior champion arrived home in a time of 7:26:64, beating his previous personal best of 7:43:73, he had previously set in Doha in 2017.
In the process, Kiplimo also beat the National record previously held by Moses Kipsiro at a time of 7:30.95.
Pre-race favourite Ingebrigtsen finished second with a time of 7:27.05 while Australia’s Stewart McSweyn took third place
Kiplimo,a Ugandan edged Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen on the home straight to come home in 7:26.64, the fastest time since 2007.
He set a new world record lead time of 7:26.64 in the 3000m.
The 19-year-old long-distance runner has elevated his profile high enough with three world records (WR) in nine months to add to last year’s 5000m Diamond League (DL) trophy, the World Cross-country title and the world 10000m gold
Ugandan teenage athletics sensation Jacob Kiplimo proved unstoppable once again as he smashed the Wanda Diamond League 3000m meet record in Rome on Thursday night, also setting a new
Kiplimo clocked 7:26.64 over the seven-and-a-half-lap distance to not only smash Australia’s Ryan Gregson’s meet record of 7:42.19 by 1.55 seconds, but also improve his personal record over the distance by 17.9 seconds. The meet record had stood for 13 years.
The 19-year-old Ugandan long-distance runner fought off Barega in a fierce home straight brawl to take the win in 12:48.63, one of seven meeting records to fall on a clear night in the eastern Czech city where 3,000 spectators were allowed entry to Mestsky Stadium to help celebrate the meeting’s 59th edition.
For the first four laps, Kiplimo was third in the pack, until the pacesetter gave way with three and a half laps to go.
The Ugandan was then sandwiched between Ingebrigtsen and McSweyn for another two laps, before Ingebrigtsen decided to overtake the two front runners with a lap to go.
Kiplimo would then keep pace with the Norwegian, before slapping on the afterburners on the home straight to edge Ingebrigtsen to win on the night. Incredibly, Ingebrigtsen also set a new Norwegian record with his performance.
Kiplimo has once again proved he is the man to beat on the track
Kiplimo’s win comes with a trophy and $50,000 (sh186m) prize money, and a wild card entry for the World Athletics Championships.
His performance in Rome follows another record-breaking one at the 59th Ostrava Golden Spike in the Czech Republic last week, where he clocked 12:48.63 to set a new meet record over the 5000m distance.
He broke Kenyan Stephen Cherono’s former record of 12:48.81, set in 2003, by 18 microseconds.
Thursday night’s 3000m race was one of 14 disciplines lined up in the shortened, provisional calendar that has had several athletics events rescheduled, and others cancelled as organisers continue to adapt the season in the face of the coronavirus crisis.