Jacob Kiplimo, the Ugandan world cross-country champion, made a triumphant return to racing at the NN Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen on Sunday. After being sidelined with an injury, Kiplimo won the Cross Country Tour Gold meeting in Atapuerca and continued his success in Nijmegen, equaling the world best time set by his fellow countryman, Joshua Cheptegei, five years ago.
Throughout the race, Kiplimo ran at a conservative pace, taking into account the challenging 3.5km to 5km incline. Despite starting slower than Cheptegei’s split, Kiplimo took the lead and extended it to 24 seconds at 8km before crossing the 10km checkpoint at 27:49, matching Cheptegei’s split time. Kiplimo fluctuated slightly above and below the course record pace but ultimately finished with a 2:31 final kilometer, securing the 41:05 time. His compatriot, Rogers Kibet, held on to second place, making it a 1-2 finish for Uganda.
In addition to his success at the NN Zevenheuvelenloop, Kiplimo notched a 15km split of 40:27 during his half marathon world record in Lisbon in 2021.
On the women’s side of things was Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya who crossed the finish line in an impressive time of 47:12. This comfortably secured her first place finish over Israel’s Lonah Salpeter who came in second at 47:55. Stella Chesang of Kenya finished third with a time of 48:01 while Isobel Batt-Doyle from Australia finished fourth with a time of