Uganda’s world half-marathon record holder Jacob Kiplimo will feature in the Delhi Half Marathon on October 16, the organisers announced on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Kiplimo is the reigning world half-marathon champion after winning the title in 2020. Last year, he ran a phenomenal world record time of 57:31 in Lisbon. The young star has already had an outstanding season, winning both the RAK Half-Marathon in the UAE in February and the Great North Run half-marathon last Sunday.
Kiplimo had also won a 10,000m bronze in the World Athletics Championships in USA and a memorable 5,000m/10,000m double at the Commonwealth Games last month.
‘In good shape’
Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn improved on the Delhi course record to clock 58:53 in 2020, but Kiplimo believes he can run the fastest half-marathon ever seen on Indian soil during his first visit to the country next month.
“I have been told that the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon course is a quick one and the record suggests that you can run fast times there...with a month to go to the race, I am in good shape, and I will focus on preparing specifically for the race over the next few weeks,” said Kiplimo.
“I had a successful track season although I would have liked to have done a little better at the World Championships, but I have not raced too much this year, so I am still fresh and I want to show the people of Delhi and India what I am capable of,” he added.
The 17th edition of Delhi Half Marathon, a World Athletics elite label event, has a new title sponsor, with the race promoter Procam International joining forces with India’s leading natural resources conglomerate, Vedanta Limited.
The race has a prize fund of USD 268,000, and the international elite field will have its sights on the first prize of USD 27,000 for both men and women.