KAMPALA, Sixteen-year-old Jacob Kiplimo has become the first Ugandan to win a gold medal at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships when he put up a great performance on home soil Sunday to win the Under-20 event.
The teenager sent the home crowd into wild celebrations at the end of the U-20 men's race when he finished with a time of 22.40 minutes to secure gold. Ethiopia's Amdework Walelegn took the silver while Kenya's Kimunyan settled for bronze.
The race had started with runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Eritrea in the lead pack as usual as the crowd cheered the group on.
Yemane Haileselassie of Eritrea led the runners through the first lap under sweltering temperatures while hot on his heels were Kenyan runners plus Solomon Berihu of Ethiopia.
As the race wore on, Kiplimo, a World U-20 10,000m bronze medallist, opened up a gulf from Kenya's Kirui but it transformed into a four-man race at the front after Berihu and Kenyan Cross Country U-20 champion Richard Kimunyan caught up with Kiplimo and Kirui.
Kiplimo, willed on by the home crowd, finally broke away from the rest and his lead stretched to encouragement from the crowd and he reached the finish line to send the huge home crowd into celebrations.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK