Jacob Kiplimo, the reigning world cross-country champion, continued his impressive return to racing at the NN Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen. He finished the race in a time of 41:05, matching the world best for the 15km distance and securing yet another victory.
Kiplimo had been sidelined by injury for much of the year, forcing him to miss out on both the World Championships in Budapest and World Road Running Championships in Riga. However, he made a triumphant comeback late last month with a win at the Cross Country Tour Gold meeting in Atapuerca.
During Sunday’s race, Kiplimo began cautiously, pacing himself strategically for a significant climb between 3.5km and 5km. As the race unfolded, he found himself leading alone and ultimately crossed the finish line with an impressive 99-second lead over second-place finisher Rogers Kibet. This performance matched the world best set five years ago by his compatriot Joshua Cheptegei.
Kiplimo’s pace fluctuated slightly throughout the race, but he was able to maintain his focus and complete the course in a time that ties