Uganda’s precociously talented 18-year-old Jacob Kiplimo maintained is domination of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Cross Country Permit season today by winning the third leg of the season in Alcobendas in Spain.
Kiplimo now has three wins out of three, having triumphed earlier in Atapuerca and Soria.
He produced another commanding performance at the Cross Internacional de la Constitución, staged in the outskirts of Madrid, on a day when the women’s race went to Kenya’s last-minute addition to the field, Eva Cherono.
Chelimo was expecting to face a strong challenge in the men’s 10 kilometres race from Ethiopia’s defending champion Aron Kifle, who is based in Madrid for much of the year, and so it proved.
Kifle eventually had to give best to the reigning world under-20 cross country champion, finishing 22 seconds adrift after Chelimo had crossed the line in exactly 30 minutes.
Kenya’s world under-20 5,000 metres champion Edward Zakayo, who turns 17 tomorrow, was third in 30min 43sec ahead of Uganda’s Timothy Toroitich, just a second behind.
"I’m very satisfied with my season’s kick-off as I have managed three great victories so far against very classy line-ups," said Kiplimo wth a grin.
Kiplimo added: "I now return to Uganda to keep on my daily routine although I’ll likely return to Spain in January for one or two cross country permits."
Asked about his plans for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus next year, Kiplimo confirmed he will be competing in the senior race despite his eligibility for the under-20 race.
In the women’s race, over 8km, the 23-year-old Cherono broke the rest of the field with the assistance of fellow Kenyan Gloria Kite, winner of the previous leg of the IAAF Permit Series, before pushing on to victory over the final loop.
Cherono won in 27:20, 10 seconds ahead of Kite, with Spain’s Trihas Gebre taking third place in 28:01.
"The course was not easy as there were some quite muddy areas but I could win," said Cherono.
"I’ll now return to Kenya to keep on training and I hope to make the national team for the World Championships"