Jacob Kiplimo reigned supreme in New York City by winning the Half Marathon on Sunday against an elite field of runners.
Kiplimo took charge of the race at the halfway point and set a huge distance between himself and his rivals to cross the tape in 1 hour 01.31 minutes ahead of his Ugandan compatriot Joshua Cheptegei.
Cheptegei was second in 1:02:09, finishing nine seconds ahead of Talbi.
“I’m very excited to win this race, my first half marathon of 2023,” said Kiplimo. “Even though it was cold, I did my best. For the past few months I have been preparing for cross-country, and that helped me a lot for this race.”
Half-marathon world record holder @jacobkiplimo2 takes the tapes at the #UnitedNYCHalf. pic.twitter.com/nu1iAWbya2
— New York Road Runners (@nyrr) March 19, 2023
Kiplimo holds the world half marathon record from Lisbon. The 22-year-old ran the race (20 at the time) in 57:31 two years ago.
On February 18, he also won the 2023 Bathurst World Cross Country Championships to indicate his emergence as the king of off-track running.
1 Hellen Obiri (KEN) 1:07:21
2 Senbere Teferi (ETH) 1:07:55
3 Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal (NOR) 1:09:53
4 Diane van Es (NED) 1:10:43
5 Desiree Linden (USA) 1:12:21
6 Dakotah Lindwurm (USA) 1:12:25
1 Jacob Kiplimo (UGA) 1:01:31
2 Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 1:02:09
3 Zouhair Talbi (MAR) 1:02:18
4 Ben True (USA) 1:02:57
5 Edward Cheserek (KEN) 1:02:58
6 Andrew Butchart (GBR) 1:02:58