Kiplimo Wins 10,000m race, Cheptegei Puts up fight in Ostrava

WINNERS: Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo and Joshua Cheptegei held the flag high with wins in their categories

WINNERS: Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo and Joshua Cheptegei held the flag high with wins in their categories

AGENCIES | Ostrava – Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei fell short in his quest to break Daniel Komen’s 3000m world record, finishing the race in 7:33.24, a 2021 World Lead, at the Continental Tour in Ostrava on Wednesday May 19.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, his fellow countryman, world half-marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo impressed, winning the 10,000m in 26:33.93, the first man under 27 minutes this season.

There were two victories for Ethiopia: Getnet Wale was never challenged in the 3000m steeple, clocking a world lead of 8:09.47. Freweyni Hailu won the women’s 1500m in 4:04.20 while Genzebe Dibaba didn’t finish the race. Diribe Welteji placed second of the women’s 800m in 1:59.79, just 0.05 off her personal best from 2018.

World indoor record holder Hugues Fabrice Zango dominated the triple with a best jump of 17.20m while Nigeria’s Blessing Okagabare finished second in the women’s 200m (in 22.59, best African performance in 2021)

Continental Tour, Ostrava (Czech Republic) 19/05/2021
●800m: 1. Max Burgin GBR 1:44.14, … 12. Adisu Girma ETH 1:48.48
●1500m: 1. Marcin Lewandowski POL 3:35.57, 2. Jesus Gomez ESP 3:35.70, 3. Samuel Abate ETH 3:36.32
●3000m: 1. Joshua Cheptegei UGA 7:33.24, 2. Paul Chelimo USA 7:41.69, 3. Oscar Chelimo UGA 7:43.00
●10000m: 1. Jacob Kiplimo UGA 26:33.93, 2. Birhanu Balew BRN 27:07.49, 3. Iliass Aouani ITA 27:45.81, …6. Abdallah Kibet Mande UGA 28:20.91
●3000st: 1. Getnet Wale ETH 8:09.47, 2. Phil Norman 8:20.12, …6. Boniface Abel Sikowo UGA 8:28.91, 7. Albert Chemutai UGA 8:31.21
●Triple: 1. Hugues Fabrice Zango BUR 17.20m

●200m: (1.1) 1. Sha’Carri Richardson USA 22.35, 2. Blessing Okagbare NGR 22.59
●800m: 1. Keely Hodgkinson GBR 1:58.89, 2. Diribe Welteji 1:59.79, 3. Lovisa Lindh SWE 2:01.10, …7. Noélie Yarigo BEN 2:02.99
●1500m: 1. Freweyni Hailu ETH 4:04.20, 2. Marusa Mismas-Zrimsek SLO 4:07.50, 3. Hirut Meshesha ETH 4:07.52, …7. Winnie Nanyondo UGA 4:08.44, … Genzebe Dibaba ETH DNF

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