Ugandan runner Jacob Kiplimo is now focusing on the Tokyo Olympics after claiming victory at the Campaccio cross country in Italy on Sunday.
Kiplimo upstaged Italian marathon record holder Eyob Faniel Gebrehiwet and this year’s Italian cross country champion, Iliass Aouani despite falling in the ninth kilometre.
Speaking after the success – his second cross country truimph after the Cinque Mulini in 2018, Kiplimo expressed sentiments on the outing.
“I love cross country and today I enjoyed the course of @campacciocross. I’m happy for my victory and I want to say everyone that despite my fall I’m ok,” he posted on his Instagram page.
“Now after almost 3 weeks in Italy It’s time to come back to Kapchorwa I have to train hard to qualify for the Olympic Games. Thanks everyone for your support.”
Kiplimo ran 29:07 to cross the tape first, Ethiopia’s Nebret Melak posted 29:10 for second place while the former’s brother Oscar Chelimo reached the finish line third on 29:14.
The Tokyo Olympics will take place between 23 July to 8 August 2021 after postponement of the events due to the Coronavirus pandemic.