On Sunday, Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo, the reigning world cross-country champion, made a return to the roads on the famend NN Zevenheuvelenloop 15K in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Kiplimo gained the race in a brand new world finest time of 41:05, sustaining a formidable common tempo of two minutes and 44 seconds per kilometre.
Kiplimo’s speedy efficiency equalled the course file set by his pal and compatriot Joshua Cheptegei, who posted the identical time at this race in 2018. After a conservative begin with a 5K break up of 14:24, Kiplimo accelerated within the remaining 10 kilometres, overlaying it in 26:41 (2:40/km tempo). He closed his remaining kilometre in a mind-blowing two minutes and 31 seconds to safe a commanding minute and a half victory over fellow Ugandan Rogers Kibet (42:44).
#Athlétisme #Nimègue #15K Voici les temps de passage (splits) de l’Ougandais Jacob Kiplimo, kilomètre par kilomètre, au NN Zevenheuvelenloop (@7Hloop). En parcourant les 15km en 41’05”, il a égalé la meilleure efficiency de tous les temps sur la distance (Joshua Cheptegei, 2018) pic.twitter.com/av9eaT9oPo
— Ismaël Bouchafra-Hennequin (@isma57) November 20, 2023
Notably, the NN Zevenheuvelenloop 15K marked solely Kiplimo’s second race since recovering from an damage that sidelined him from the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest and the inaugural World Highway Working Championships in Latvia.
At 23, Kiplimo holds the world half marathon file of 57:31, set on the 2021 Lisbon Half Marathon. Whereas his newest efficiency is the fastest-ever in a standalone 15K race, it’s value mentioning that Kiplimo recorded an excellent quicker 15 km break up of 40:27 on his approach to the half-marathon world file in Lisbon.
Regardless of a number of record-setting makes an attempt within the half, Kiplimo has not but raced a marathon. Hypothesis amongst observe and discipline followers persists about when he’ll make his marathon debut, with questions on whether or not he may very well be the primary to interrupt the two-hour mark for the gap. In the meantime, his compatriot and rival, Cheptegei, is about to make his marathon debut on the 2023 Valencia Marathon on Dec. 3.
Within the ladies’s race, Beatrice Chepkoech, the world 3,000m steeplechase record-holder, displayed her dominance with a convincing 43-second victory over world championship medallist Lonah Salpeter of Israel, finishing the race in 47:12. Stella Chesang of Kenya secured a spot on the rostrum with a time of 48:01.