Kiplimo turns into first Ugandan man to win Nice North Run

Published:Mar 9, 202422:04

World file holder Jacob Kiplimo turned the primary Ugandan man to win the Nice North Run after tributes had been paid to Queen Elizabeth II earlier than Sunday’ race.

Kiplimo powered to victory in his first look on the occasion in north-east England.

The 21-year-old had a 32-second lead as he hit the 12-mile mark on the 13.1-mile course from Newcastle to South Shields.

Kiplimo, the reigning world half-marathon champion, crossed the road in 59.33, 66 seconds forward of Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega, with Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele third in 1.01.01.

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“I loved the race, it was good. I got here right here to win it,” Kiplimo mentioned.

Within the ladies’s race, Kenya’s Hellen Obiri retained the title after holding off sturdy challenges from Peres Jepchirchir.

The trio broke away from the sphere early within the race and contested a tense finale.

Obiri made the decisive kick in sight of the end line as she clocked 1:07.05, 37 seconds quicker than final yr, along with her compatriot Jepchirchir, the Olympic marathon champion, two seconds behind and Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana an extra three seconds adrift.

“It’s a terrific alternative to do a quicker one than final time, so I’m so pleased,” Obiri mentioned.

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