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After impressing in the Diamond League, 19-year-old Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo claimed his country’s first medal at the World Half Marathon Championships ahead of Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie.

Pre-race favourite Joshua Cheptegei was fourth as his fellow Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo took victory in the men’s elite race at the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland.

The 19-year-old won Uganda’s first ever medal in his debut at the event, clocking a championship record of 58:49.

It was Kiplimo’s second major championship medal after taking the 2017 World Junior Cross Country title on home soil in Kampala.

“It was an amazing race and the course was good,” Kiplimo said after the race. “I am happy I have run my personal best and Championship record.”

Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie finished second in 58:54 with Amdework Walelign third for Ethiopia in 59:08.

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