Although he’s not yet legal age, the sweet 16-year-old Jacob Kiplimo is here to steal hearts. We don’t mind, our hearts are already stolen and we’re crushing on the teenager champion this Monday.
Kiplimo became a darling yesterday when he made history as the first Ugandan to win an International Associations of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Cross Country championships gold medal.
The youngster who’s a 2016 world U20 10,000 metres bronze medalist took on Kenya’s Amos Kirui to win the U20 junior race. He clocked 22 minutes and 40 seconds.
Kiplimo, the youngest ever Ugandan Olympian was born on 14 November 2000. He’s a Sebei who grew up in Bukwo on Mount Elgon. In 2016 he represented Uganda at the Summer Olympics running the 5,000 metres race though he didn’t go past the heats.
We celebrate Jacob Kiplimo today