Kiplimo still emotional about Oregon, insists Uganda is home to long-distance runners

Jacob Kiplimo and Joshua Cheptegei

Ugandan long-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo believes Joshua Cheptegei and Oscar Chelimo achieved one of the greatest feats as they claimed medals at the recently concluded Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championships.

Kiplimo himself won bronze in the 10,000m final but his younger brother Chelimo had to wait for his chance in the 5,000m final to walk away with bronze in 13:10.20 SB.

Kiplimo kept within the leading pack alongside colleague and eventual gold medal-winner, Cheptegei in the race. He posted 27:27.97 SB one spot after the latter crossed in 27:27.43 SB.

To date, the memories remain alive in his head with a strong belief that Uganda is the ultimate home of long-distance runners.

@wchoregon22 emotions are still in our hearts. We did again something special, Uganda is a huge country of distance runners. Congrats again my fellow Joshua, and to my young brother Oscar for his first senior global medal. Ugandan pride,” he wrote on his social media.

Kiplimo returned to Uganda immediately after his Oregon exploits to prepare for his 10,000m and 5,000m races in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on the 2nd and 6th of August at the Alexander Stadium.


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