Jacob Kiplimo names his biggest sporting rival

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Uganda’s long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo has named compatriot Joshua Cheptegei as his biggest sporting rival.

The two world class athletes will face off in World Cross Country Championships Belgrade on Saturday.

Kiplimo will be aiming to defend his crown having won the event last year in Bathurst.

With the two great Ugandan athlete set to battle on Saturday, Kiplimo told World Athletics that Cheptegei is his biggest rival

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“My biggest sporting rival is my compatriot and national team member Joshua Cheptegei.”

On his preparations, Kiplimo revealed that he has prepared well as he aims to retain the title.

“My preparations are going well. I am in Kapchorwa, where I am training with my teammates.” There’s a group of about 10-12 of us staying together at our new training camp.” He stated

In Bathurst, Kiplimo succeeded Cheptegei who had won the World Cross Country title in 2019 in Aarhus.

Kiplimo is also a 2022 double Commonwealth winner over 5000m and 10000m. He is world and Olympic bronze medallist over 10,000m.

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