Ugandan long-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo has broken the World Record in the 21km road race (Half Marathon).
In a race in Lisbon, Portugal, Kiplimo posted 57 minutes and 31 seconds to break the record that was previously set by Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie.
Kandie clocked 57:32 in Valencia on December, 2020.
Kiplimo finished ahead of Ethiopia’s Huseyidin Mohammed Esa who clocked in a time of 59:39.
Earlier this year at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, Kiplimo won a bronze medal in the 10000m race with a time of 27:43.88.
The 21-year old is the reigning half marathon world champion, having earned the title in the Polish city of Gdynia last year.
He earned a World Cross Country Championships individual silver and team gold in Aarhus in Denmark in 2019.
At the 2020 World Half Marathon Championships, Kiplimo contributed to a men’s team bronze for Uganda alongside his individual gold.
At junior level, Kiplimo earned a 10,000m bronze and silver at the World Championships in 2016 and 2018 respectively and the men’s cross country world title in 2017.
The women’s race in Lisbon was won by Ethiopia’s Tsehay Gemechu, who clocked 1:06:19.