Jacob Kiplimo breaks world half-marathon record in Lisbon
For some people, only completing a half marathon run is enough to satisfy them and they feel as if they have won the world.
But, that isn't the case with Kiplimo.
Kiplimo is not a rookie or someone who runs for fun or to raise some funds. The lad has been running all his life from the jungles and barren lands of Africa to the 10,000 meters court in Tokyo during the Summer Olympics.
He secured third place in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics in the 10,000-meter race.
2021 has been a challenging year for a lot of athletes, especially due to the strict covid bubbles and protocols that have been put in place. Although these strict actions have taken a lot out of most of the athletes, Kiplimo shined throughout these two years without caring about anything that was going around him.
He dominated the half marathon race and was able to run the first 5K meters in a very short time of 13 minutes and 40 seconds.
When he ran half the distance of half marathon ( Which consists of 20K meters)
He was one minute faster than everyone else participating in the race.
Kiplimo was able to complete 15K in a record time of 40 minutes and 27 seconds and he was well on his way to beat the old record by almost a minute.
However, as physical wear and tear started to take its toll on him, he withered away a bit but even that was good enough for him to complete the race with a record time and defeat the old record by the barest of margins of one second.
Although the new world record hasn't been accepted so far by world athletics it will be recognized any time.
Although, it might seem like a walk in the park for Kiplimo that wasn't the case in reality. He had to give it his all as 9 men finished under 60 minutes. The second fastest after Kiplimo was Esa Mohamed from Ethiopia.
All in all, it was a great feat from Kiplimo and he deserves all the applause in the world.
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