Athletics-Uganda's Kiplimo breaks half-marathon record in Lisbon


FILE PHOTO: Athletics - Ostrava Golden Spike - Municipal Stadium, Ostrava, Czech Republic - May 19, 2021 Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo celebrates after winning the 10,000m Men REUTERS/David W Cerny

(Reuters) - Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo shaved one second off the world half-marathon record on Sunday when he clocked 57 minutes 31 seconds in the Lisbon Half Marathon road race.

Kiplimo, a 10,000m bronze medallist at the Tokyo Olympics this year, broke the record set by Kenya's Kibiwott Kandie in Valencia in 2020.

Kiplimo looked set for a sub-57-minute finish when he clocked 40 minutes 27 seconds at the 15-kilometre mark.

But the 21-year-old eased up with no challengers in sight, winning the race by more than two minutes with Ethiopia's Esa Huseyidin Mohamed second in 59:39.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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