Jacob Kiplimo won Uganda’s first gold medal at the 2017 World Cross Country Championships, crossing the line with a time of 22.40 minutes in the U20 men race.
With that victory, Kiplimo has become the first Ugandan to win gold at the World Cross Country Championships.
We started off here with racers from, as usual, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Eritrea in the lead pack as the crowds cheered the runners on.
Yemane Haileselassie of Eritrea led the runners through the first lap under sweltering temperatures and hot on his heels were Kenyan runners plus Solomon Berihu of Ethiopia.
Along the course, world U20 steeplechase Amos Kirui of Kenya squeezed into the lead with Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo making his way into second to send the crowds into wild cheers.
As the race wore on, the Uganda, a world U20 10,000m bronze medallist, opened up some good gulf along Kenya’s Kirui.
It transformed into a four-man race at the front after Berihu and Kenyan Cross Country U20 champion Richard Kimunyan catching up with Kiplimo and Kirui.
Uganda’s Kiplimo willed on ever by the buoyant home crowd, broke away from the rest. And that lead stretched further and further as the youngster felt the ripples of encourangement from the crowd.
Eventually he broke the finish line to send huge home crowd in celebrations for Ugandas first Gold medal in cross country.
Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn took silver while Kenya’s Richard Yator Kimunyan settled for bronze.
The U20 men’s team competition won Ethiopia, 2nd Kenya and 3rd Eritrea. At the medal cermony half of the Ethiopean team and the whole Eritrean team did not turn around for looking at the Ethiopean flag when their national anthem was played. This as a protest against the Ethiopian Goverments brutality inside Ethiopia and against Eritrea.