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Jacob Kiplimo Bags Uganda’s Second Gold Medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth games

Uganda’s long-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo yesterday 2nd August broke the Commonwealth Games record in the 10,000m to bag Gold in Birmingham.

The brilliant race saw Kiplimo rocket past Kenya’s Daniel Ebenyo (27:20.26) towards the last corner to reach home in a record time of 27:09.19.

Jacob Kiplimo breaks his elder brother Joshua Cheptegei’s record of 27:19.62 he set in 2018 Gold Coast, who was then erasing Kenyan Wilberforce Talel’s earlier best in 2002 in Manchester.

This is Uganda’s second gold medal at the 2022 commonwealth games in Birmingham after Victor Kiplangat won the men’s marathon on Saturday.

In the same heat, Daniel Ebenyo from our neighbor Kenya settled for Silver, and Kibiwott Kandie bagged Bronze.

The Kenyans tried to exchange leads, but Kiplimo never fell for the traps and ran behind their shoulders.

He then went ahead with five laps to go and injected pace which burnt the whole field.

According to sources, Kiplimo hopes to scoop his second gold on Saturday in the 5000m final.

Uganda has now won five consecutive 10,000m gold medals at the commonwealth games.

In 2006 in Melbourne Boniface Kipsiro won gold, in 2010 and 2014 Moses Kipsiro bagged gold after he triumphed in the games in New Delhi India, and Glasgow respectively.

In 2018, Uganda’s Josh Cheptegei dominated the game in the Gold Coast present Ghana which earned him Gold. These victories raise hope for Uganda to perform better in the remaining Commonwealth games at Birmingham.

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