Hamstring Injury Forces Ugandan Star Athlete Kiplimo to Miss World Athletics Championships

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo, a long-distance star athlete, won’t be competing in the upcoming World Athletics Championships due to a hamstring injury. The setback affects Uganda’s medal chances, but the team remains focused on the event in Budapest from August 19-27.

Uganda’s highly regarded long-distance runner, Jacob Kiplimo, has unfortunately been sidelined from the impending World Athletics Championships. The event, scheduled to occur from August 19 to 27 in Budapest, will miss Kiplimo’s participation due to a hamstring injury he incurred.

The news was confirmed by Dominic Otuchet, the President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF). Otuchet shared that on Friday, the medical assessment indicated that Kiplimo’s hamstring injury would prevent him from competing in Hungary. Consequently, the decision was made to withdraw him from the championship.

Jacob Kiplimo, alongside fellow athlete and world champion Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, had been poised as Uganda’s hopeful contenders for medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m races. Kiplimo’s absence is a significant setback for Uganda’s medal aspirations. Otuchet expressed his disappointment, remarking that the situation is unfortunate but emphasized that the focus will now shift to the other 20 team members who will be participating in the championship.

The origin of Kiplimo’s injury traces back to a speed training session on August 1 in Kapchorwa. Otuchet reaffirmed the federation’s commitment to facilitating Kiplimo’s recovery. He encouraged Kiplimo to maintain his focus and resilience during this period of recuperation.

Kiplimo’s track record boasts impressive achievements, including securing a gold medal in the 10,000m race at the 2022 Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham. Notably, he also holds the men’s half marathon record, clocking an impressive time of 57 minutes and 31 seconds, a feat accomplished on November 21, 2021.

While Kiplimo’s absence is undoubtedly a loss for both him and his nation, Uganda’s athletes and supporters are rallying behind the remaining team members who are determined to represent their country with pride and determination at the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

-IANS

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