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KAMPALA, Uganda, Mar 27 – Asbel Kiprop returned to the cross country with a bang after he led the Kenyan quartet to victory for the inaugural IAAF World Cross Country Mixed Relays at a packed Kololo Grounds in Kampala on Sunday afternoon.
Alex Isaboke is reporting from Kampala, Uganda
The Kenyan fantastic four of three-time 1500m world champion Kiprop, 800m runner Winfred Nzisa, Beatrice Chepkoech and Bernard Koros ensured Kenya bag first gold in the opening race.
Kiprop was delighted to return to Cross Country with a win and said she was looking forward to repeat the fate in two years, but first on his tray is the August London World Championships.
Runners in the mixed relay were completing one lap each for a total of four laps per team.
Jacob Kiplimo wins Uganda’s first ever gold medal ? in World Cross history
referring to Ugandan runner Jacob Kiplimo has claimed Uganda’s first ever gold medal in World Cross Country history thanks to his top finish in Kampala on Sunday.
CourtesyI congratulate Jacob Kiplimo for winning the men’s Under 20 Gold at the @iaafkampala2017 World Cross Country Championship in Kampala.
World U20 and 10,000m bronze medalist later caught up with the rest before opening up a big gap alongside Kirui.
Uganda’s latest hero – Jacob Kiplimo, 2017 World U20 champion crossing the line.#iaafkampala2017 pic.twitter.com/l03wk88mFY — IAAF (@iaaforg) March 26, 2017Kiplimo eventually crossed the line as the whole of Uganda erupted in joy and amazement for the achievement.
Berihu and Kenyan U20 Cross Country later rejoined the Kirui and Kiplimo but the last lap left the crowds jaw-dropping as the home-boy slashed his opponents left, right and centre.
Kiplimo captures Uganda’s first world cross gold
referring to Upon crossing the finish line, Kiplimo who was congratulated by Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said, “Yes yes yes, I always thought I could win.
KAMPALA, Uganda, Mar 27 -Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo produced a performance of a lifetime to win gold in the Men’s U20 race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017, the country’s first ever gold medal at a World Cross.
As he powered on, Amdework Walelegn, who finished fourth in the 10,000m at last year’s World U20 Championships, tried to save the day for Ethiopia, pushing hard to close the gap.
Kiplimo went on to cross the finish line in 22:40 with Walelegn three seconds behind to bag silver.
At the end of the first lap, Haileselassie, the Eritrean record holder in the steeplechase and 2016 World U20 silver medallist in the event, was at the front of a tightly wound 10-man pack.