Kiplimo said that the win will give him the confidence of defending the World Half Marathon.
Jacob Kiplimo,Photo by Fahad muganga
Long-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo on Saturday won the National
Mountain Running Championships that were held in Kapchorwa.
The 2020 Tokyo bronze medallist Kiplimo comfortably won the 12.5km race in
41:30.3. He was followed by Mathew Chepkwurui who crossed the finishing line in
42:5.79 while Kevin Kibet came third in 43:09.5.
Kiplimo said that the win will give him the confidence of defending
the World Half Marathon.
He also said that he has started preparing for the forthcoming
international championships including World Championships, Commonwealth Games
among others next season.
“I decided to participate in the National Mountain Championships as a launching
pad to achieve my set goals. And I have to start early preparations. I have
lined up national and international build-ups to the competitions I am targeting”.
He added that he has kicked off preparation eerier to avoid inconveniences.
“I still recall how the Covid 19 situation in the country affected
my training and performance. This time around I don’t want to take chances,”
Meanwhile, Annet Chelangat Chemengich (Arua Club) emerged winner in the women
category clocking 51:10.2. She was followed by Doreen Chemutai who crossed the
finishing line 52:16.1.
Tokyo 2020 Olympian Marceline Chelangat struggled with the pace
and finally settled for the fifth position where she posted 52:40.1.
Race winner Anne Chelangat says that the suspension of sports activities due to
Covid-19 affected her preparations.
“This championship is God sent because I have been starved of
competition for over two years now. It has given me chance to test my form. I
now set my eyes on the International Marathon due in Kenya this season,"