Breaking! Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo Wins 2023 New York City Half Marathon
Word’s record holder Jacob Kiplimo has won the 2023 United Airlines New York City Half Marathon.
Uganda’s two prized long-distance runners Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo were part of the 16th edition of the United Airlines New York City half marathon under the cold.
This is the first time ever that these two Ugandans are taking part in the New York City half marathon that took place this Sunday, March 19, 2023 (2 PM, East African time).
The 22-year-old long-distance athlete crossed the finishing line in 1:01:31 under cold and windy conditions.
His counterpart Joshua Cheptegei won a silver medal with a timing of 1:02:09 to earn $10,000 (UGX. 38,000,000).
Morocco’s Zouhair Talbi came third with a time of 1:02:09 to earn $5000 (UGX 18,000,000).
“The race was good from start to finish. I did my best despite the coldness. I am happy for this very victory,” Kiplimo, the world record holder of the half marathon stated.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s Hellen Obiri won the women’s version after clocking 1:07:21, a course record ahead of Ethiopian Senbere Telfei (1:07:55) and Great Britain’s Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal (1:09:53).