Ugandan long-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo feels his victory in the men’s 10,000m final at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games was everything he needed this season.
Kiplimo delivered a late kick to win gold on Tuesday, defeating a three-man Kenyan threat of Kibiwott Kandie, Daniel Ebenyo, and Edward Zakayo Pingua.
Kenyans controlled the pace through much of the race until Kiplimo and Ebenyo broke free of the pack to reduce the battle for gold to a two-man fight with two laps to run.
Kiplimo surged forward in remarkable fashion during the last 100 metres to post a Games record time of 27 minutes, 9.19 seconds.
“I think for me winning this Commonwealth Games title was everything, the most important thing for me this season,” Kiplimo told Reuters.
“But I still have a lot of things to do in the future at the Olympics and world championships.”
With Kiplimo’s Golden show, Uganda has now won the men’s 10,000m at every Commonwealth Games since 2006.
2022 Commonwealth Games:
- Gold: Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda) – 27:09:19
- Silver: Daniel Simiu Ebenyo (Kenya) – 27:11:26
- Bronze: Kandie Kibiwott – (27:20:34)