By Kezia Agaba
Uganda’s Abraham Kiplimo won the 63rd Beppu-Oita Marathon on Sunday. It was Kiplimo’s first ever win outside Uganda despite regularly running in Europe and elsewhere since 2010.
It was a personal best by more than four minutes and although the 24 year old had run two marathons before, including finishing 19th at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, he had not finished even in the top 10 before.
“After 35km, I found myself in the front by accident so I just decided to continue pushing. I know the Japanese are very strong so I had to keep pushing and not give up,” said Kiplimo.
“I learned from my training partner Stephen Kiprotich, the current Olympic and World Champion, he is assisting me with advice,” added the winner. “Maybe my next marathon I can run 2.07 or faster depending on weather conditions and course, I am confident”