- Ugandan youngster wins first ever gold medal for the country at the world cross country.
- President Yoweri Museveni and first lady Janaet Kataha Museveni in the crowd that cheered the home team
- Team Uganda finished 3rd overall
Once again someone pops up to make Uganda prous and this time it is none other than youngster Jacob Kiplimo who made history by winning Uganda’ first ever gold in yesterday’s IAAF Cross Country Championships.
Kiplimo who put up a stellar performance in the men’s U20 race got the whole country on their feet with chief guest President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni watching from the pavilion alongside First lady Mama Janet Kataha Museveni who also doubles as the minister of education and sports.
Kiplimo who won bronze at last year’s event presented Uganda’s best chance at winning gold and indeed the youngster did not disappoint especially on a day when Kenyans and Ethiopians dominated other races clocking 22:40 in the 8km race and also fielded strong squards for this particular race.
Kiplimo after breaking off from the pack continued his run on the last bend cheered on by the home crowd that had massively turned up for the event despite a hot afternoon in Kampala. Amdework Walelegn gave it a push but could not get closer to the home boy with Kenyans Edwin Kiplangat Bett and Amos Kirui finishing in 3rd and fourth respectively.
The president who was visibly impressed with Kiplimo’s performance then congratulated him and Kiplimo told the press that he knew he was going to pull it off.
“Yes yes yes, I always thought I could win. It was a very good race. When I decided to break away going into the last lap, I knew I was going to win.” Kiplimo said after the win
Ethiopia won the team race with 17 points, Kenya second, Eritrea 3rd with Uganda finishing fourth. However overall, Uganda scored good points in the team arena finishing third after Kenya and Ethiopia winning 1 gold and 2 bronze medals.