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Uganda continues to shine at the Commonwealth Games as Jacob Kiplimo shatters Cheptegei’s record

What a year it has been for Uganda in track athletics. Medals have poured in every now and then ever since the year started.

From the Olympics to the World Athletics Championship and now the Commonwealth games, the country has scooped various medals.

The latest is Jacob Kiplimo who clinched gold in the 10,000m at the ongoing Commonwealth Games. This came with shattering his trackfieled teammate Joshua Cheptegei’s record in the Commonwealth Games.

Cheptegei missed the competition through fatigue especially after clinching gold in the 10,000m at the World Athletics Championship a few days ago.

Enroute to winning gold, Kiplimo sprinted past all his competitors setting a new Commonwealth record of 27:09:19.

Kenya’s Daniel Simiu Ebenyo won the silver medal with a time of 27:11:26. Another Kenyan
Kandie Kibiwott settled for third with a time of 27:20:34 winning bronze.

While speaking to the Daily Monitor, Kiplimo said that despite the win, he still has a lot of aspirations on the track field in future events.

“I think for me winning this Commonwealth Games title was everything, the most important thing for me this season. But I still have a lot of things to do in the future at the Olympics and world championships,” Kiplimo noted moments after the race as quoted by the Daily Monitor.

The athlete had a few days ago won bronze in the same category at the World Athletics Championship. This was Uganda’s second gold medal in the competitions following Victor Kiplangat’s gold in the 42km marathon last Sunday.

It should also be recalled that since 2006, Uganda has been winning gold in the 10,000m in the Commonwealth Games.

A lot of Ugandans have taken to their social media pages to congratulate Kiplimo upon this mileage.

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