Young Ugandan long-distance runner, Jacob Kiplimo has made his country proud once again after setting a new world record to win the Lisbon Half Marathon on Sunday, 21 November 2021.
The Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist clocked 57:31 to break Kibiwott Kandie’s mark from Valencia last December by just one second.
The feat means Kiplimo is now the reigning half marathon world champion after beating Kandie in Poland in March 2020.
Kiplimo completed the first five kilometres in 13:40 and remained on course for the world record with 27:05 at 10km.
A time of 40:27 after 15km – also a record for that distance – a pace which would have equated to a sub-57 minutes finish over the half marathon.
Kiplimo’s previous half marathon personal best was also set at the 2020 race in Valencia, where he clocked 57:37 as he finished second.
The half marathon world champion becomes the world record holder!
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) November 21, 2021
While Huseydin Mohamed Esa piped fellow Ethiopian Gerba Beyata Dibaba to finish second, more than two seconds back in 59:39.
Ethiopia won the women’s race with Tsehay Gemechu Beyan crossing the line first in 1:06:06