Kiplimo Going For Olympic Double After Earning 5000m Ticket

Uganda’s long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo will be doing a track double of 5000m and 10,000m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The youngster managed to earn a place to compete in 5000m after clocking the required time on Tuesday.

Kiplimo was the fastest with a time of 12:55.60, which is way better than the qualifying time of 13:13.50, at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern, a World Athletics continental tour silver level series.

In a thrilling finish, the reigning half marathon World champion beat Kenya’s Daniel Simiyu on home stretch.

Simiyu not only finished second but clinched a new personal best time of 12:55.88.

Kiplimo who had already qualified for the 10000m at Olympics, joins Oscar Chelimo and Joshua Cheptegei as the three Uganda athletes for the men’s 5000m in Tokyo.


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