Young Athlete Jacob Kiplimo yesterday won the 2018 IAAF Cinque Mulini Cross Country in San Vittore Olona, Italy.
The 18-year old Kiplimo won the men’s 11km race in 34:00, beating Ethiopian Telahun Bekele by 17 seconds, while Gidey held off Kenya’s Daisy Jepkemei by four seconds in a close women’s 6km race.
Kiplimo kept in the leading pack before he broke away from Bekele during the last lap, dropping him by 17 seconds and went on to win the race. In third place was Ethiopia’s Taye Girma (34:31), while Peter Ndegwa from Kenya was fourth (34:34) and Yemaneberhan Crippa (Italy) finished in fifth place.
Kiplimo used the race to prepare for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where he will take part in the 10,000m race. Last year Kiplimo also won gold in the U20 category of the IAAF World Cross Country held at the Kololo Independence ground in Kampala.
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