World Champions Jacob Kiplimo and Beatrice Chebet retain their titles


World Champions Jacob Kiplimo and Beatrice Chebet retain their titles

At the 2024 World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet and Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo successfully defended their titles from the previous year, proving that their victories in 2023 were no fluke. Chebet and Kiplimo were dominant in their respective races, showcasing their strength and talent on the cross country course.

Chebet led a group of five Kenyan runners in the senior women’s 10km race, breaking away with Lilian Rengeruk and Margaret Kipkemboi towards the end. Chebet made a decisive move in the final meters, crossing the finish line in 31:05 to secure the gold medal. Rengeruk finished three seconds behind, followed by Kipkemboi just a second later.

In the men’s race, Kiplimo unleashed a powerful attack on the final lap that shattered the lead group of runners. Despite attempts by Kenya’s Gideon Rono and Olympic champion Joshua Cheptegei to break away, Kiplimo proved to be the strongest competitor. He crossed the finish line in 28:09 to claim the victory, with Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi finishing just three seconds behind in second place.

Overall, Chebet and Kiplimo once again proved themselves as formidable competitors in the world of cross country running, showcasing their skill and determination on the global stage. Their back-to-back wins in Belgrade solidified their status as elite athletes in the sport.

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