Jacob Kiplimo wins the Campaccio Cross Country Marathon as he prepares for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

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In a foot race, there is always a winner even when it is between brothers. That was the story as Uganda runners Jacob Kiplimo and his brother Oscar Chelimo were in action in the Campaccio cross country marathon  in Italy.

Kiplimo started the marathon moderately, as for more than 3 kilometers, he was trailing the leading group, which was still being headed by Tuemay and Malak of Ethiopia. But Kiplimo, like an African lion, launched his attack, opening up a three-second lead over theEthiopians at eight kilometers.

Despite him stumbling and falling in the 9th kilometer, Kiplimo picked himself up to beat the Italian marathon record holder Eyob Faniel and Ethiopian Nibret Melak to finish first clocking 29.07.

His younger brother Oscar Chelimo also showed great potential by finishing 3rd at 29:14, behind Melak who reached the finish line second in 29:10 in a highly contested marathon.

The young Ugandan runner after registering his victory took to his Instagram page to express his love for cross country and was happy for his win in Italy. He claims that despite his fall, he is doing ok and now after 3 weeks in Italy, he is looking to get back to Kapchorwa to continue training to qualify for  the Olympics in Tokyo.

The Tokyo Olympics will take place between 23 July to 8 August 2021 after it was postponed last year due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. Kiplimo will be hoping to win the gold medal for Uganda come July in Tokyo Japan.

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