Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo clinched 5000m gold in extraordinary fashion at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Kiplimo who earlier won 10,000m gold, injected a last kick to go past Kenya’s Nicholas Kimei and Jacob Krop towards the finish line.
The top three had taken an unassailable lead from the rest of the field, but when they reached the final bend, Kiplimo who was in third chased down the Kenyans to claim gold.
He wins Uganda’s third gold after clocking 13:08:08 before receiving a standing ovation from a fully packed Alexander Stadium.
Kiplimo replicates past performances of Joshua Cheptegei (2018 Gold Coast) and Moses Kipsiro (2010 Delhi) to have won 5000m and 10,000m gold at the same games.
He takes Uganda’s medal tally to four after Victor Kiplangat (Marathon) and Teddy Nakimuli (Boxing) who won gold and bronze respectively.
It’s the latest achievement for the Half Marathon World Record holder who won bronze at Tokyo Olympics and World Championships in Oregon.
No Cheptegei, No Problem
Joshua Cheptegei, arguably Uganda’s greatest athlete of all time, pulled out of the Commonwealth Games to take a rest ahead of future championships.
It was a huge blow for Ugandans, and the worry was highly founded after the multiple World Record holder had won gold in 10,000m in Oregon.
But in Kiplimo, Uganda looked to be in safe hands.
He won 5000m gold when he fended off resistance from the Kenyan team of Daniel Ebenyo and Kibiwott Kandie.
And on Saturday night, the story was not much different but just a script well written for the 21-year old.
The trio of Krop, Kemboi and Kimeli took control of proceedings and it looked like a Kenyan sweep.
But Kiplimo patiently ran in fifth as he waited to strike at the right time.
He closed in to fourth and later went past Kemboi with two laps to go and the top three maintained their positions at the bell.
Kiplimo kept it toe-to-toe with the Kenyan duo until the home stretch when he pierced from the outside lane to run past the duo just before the finish line.