KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s 18-year old athlete Jacob Kiplimo on
Sunday won the IAAF Cinque Mulini Cross Country in San Vittore
“We are very happy
that Kiplimo started the season with a win in Italy. He is the
first Ugandan to win the Cinque Mulini Cross Country after over
10 years,” Dominic Otuchet, the President of the Uganda
Athletics Federation (UAF) told Xinhua on Monday.
Kiplimo won the
men’s 11km race in 34:00, beating Ethiopian Telahun Bekele by 17
seconds, while Gidey held off Kenya’s Daisy Jepkemei by four
seconds in a close women’s 6km race.
The Ugandan stayed
in the leading pack before he broke away from Bekele during the
last lap, dropping him by 17 seconds and going on to win the
race. In third place was Ethiopia’s Taye Girma (34:31), while
Peter Ndegwa from Kenya was fourth (34:34) and Yemaneberhan
Crippa (Italy) finished in fifth place.
Kiplimo used the
race to prepare for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where
he will take part in the 10,000m race.
Last year Kiplimo
also won Uganda’s first ever gold medal at the IAAF World Cross
Country held in Kampala. He produced the performance of a
lifetime to win gold in the men’s U20 race held at the Kololo