Jacob Kiplimo wins Ras Al Khaimah Rak Half Marathon in a course record time

Jacob Kiplimo wins Ras Al Khaimah Rak Half Marathon in a course record time

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo has run a course record to win the 2022 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon on Saturday 19th February, clocking 57:56 during another fast edition of a World Athletics Elite Label road race.

Kiplimo had entered the event with the goal of breaking his own world mark of 57:31, which he had established in November in Lisbon. The 21-year-old world half marathon champion, who placed third in the 10,000m and seventh in the 5000m at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, set a scorching pace for much of the race, with a 5km split of 13:23 and then a 10km split of 26:56, putting him on track for a sub-57:00 half marathon. Kenneth Kiprop Renju, Alexander Mutiso, Daniel Kibet, Amedework Walelegn, Abel Kipchumba, Seifu Tura, and Kennedy Kimutai were 16 seconds ahead of Kenya’s Rodgers Kwemoi at that point, with Kenneth Kiprop Renju, Alexander Mutiso, Daniel Kibet, Amedework Walelegn, Abel Kipchumba, Seifu Tura, and Kennedy Kimutai a further six

Kiplimo’s pace dropped slightly over the next 5km but he still passed 15km in 40:43, a time which beats the world 15km best of 41:05 which had been set by his compatriot Joshua Cheptegei in Nijmegen in 2018. Although the world half marathon record seemed to be moving out of reach, Kiplimo went through the 20km mark in 54:53, 33 seconds ahead of Kwemoi, before crossing the finish line in 57:56 to win by 34 seconds.

Kiplimo’s performance is the fifth-fastest half marathon in history, and only three other athletes — Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie, Rhonex Kipruto, and Mutiso – have ever run the race in under 58 minutes.

The top six racers all ran faster than Bedan Karoki’s previous course record of 58:42, which he achieved in 2018 and was then matched by Stephen Kiprop in 2019. Kwemoi, Kenya’s world 10,000m fourth-place finisher, finished second in 58:30, moving him up to 11th on the global all-time list, while Renju, another Kenyan, finished third in 58:35.

Ethiopia’s Tura was one second back in fourth, with his compatriot Walelegn fifth in 58:40 and Kenya’s Kibet sixth in 58:45. Mutiso and Kipchumba also dipped under 60 minutes, running 58:48 and 59:47 respectively.

By World Athletics

Top 10

  1. Jacob Kiplimo – 57:56
  2. Rodgers Kwemoi – 58:30
  3. Kenneth Kiprop Renju – 58:35
  4. Seifu Tura – 58:36
  5. Amedework Walelegn – 58:40
  6. Daniel Kibet – 58:45
  7. Alexander Mutiso – 58:48
  8. Abel Kipchumba – 59:47
  9. Alphonce Felix Simbu – 1:00:03
  10. Kennedy Mutai – 1:00:10

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