Jacob Kiplimo Retains World Cross Country Title

Jacob Kiplimo lived to the billing in Belgrade. (Courtesy photos)

Podium:

  1. Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda) – 28:09
  2. Berihu Aregawi (Ethiopia) – 28:12
  3. Benson Kiplangat (Kenya) – 28:14

Uganda’s long-distance sensation, Jacob Kiplimo, clinched victory at the 2024 World Cross Country Championship held in Belgrade, Serbia.

Kiplimo, known for his remarkable prowess, crossed the finish line in an impressive time of 28 minutes and 09 seconds, successfully defending the Senior Men’s Race title he claimed in Bathurst the previous year.

Facing fierce competition from a classy field, Kiplimo showcased his unparalleled endurance and determination, leaving his competitors trailing.

Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi secured the second position, mirroring his performance from the previous year’s championship, while Benson Kiplangat seized the third spot in a tightly contested battle for the podium.

Notably, Joshua Cheptegei, the winner of the 2019 World Cross Country Championship in Aarhus, Denmark, finished in sixth place, crossing the line with a time of 28 minutes and 24 seconds.

Cheptegei failed to live as advertised again, having also struggled in his marathon debut in Valencia in December.

After lurking behind the leading pack, Kiplimo began his move in the 21st minute. But he was closely followed by Aregawi, who trailed Kiplimo in Bathurst last year, and Kenya’s 2021 world U20 5000m champion, Kiplangat.

Maintaining his lead on the final lap, Kiplimo surged ahead of his competitors. With every stride, his confidence grew, solidifying his title retention as he ultimately triumphed with a time of 28:09.

With this remarkable triumph, Jacob Kiplimo joins the esteemed ranks of legendary athletes such as Kenenisa Bekele, Paul Tergat, and Geoffrey Kamworor, who have secured back-to-back victories in the prestigious World Cross Country Championship.

Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet also successfully defended her title in the senior women’s race earlier in the day.

Uganda took silver in men’s senior race and won three Bronze in Junior men, Junior Women and senior women teams. The team also finished 5th in mixed relay, best ever position for Uganda since 2017.

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