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Kiplimo, Cheptegei To Face Off Again

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Uganda’s iconic long distance runners Jacob Kiplimo and Joshua Cheptegei will once again face off at this year’s New York City Half Marathon.

This, is scheduled on Sunday, March 19, 2023 in New York, with both runners confirming participation.

This comes in the wake of Kiplimo’s victory at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst where Cheptegei settled for Bronze.

Kiplimo who holds the World Record in the Half Marathon with 57:31, a time he set in Lisbon, has already expressed his desire to win the race next month.

“It will be my USA road racing debut at the United Airlines NYC Half next month, and I will try hard to become the first champion from Uganda,” Kiplimo said.

“My gold medal from the World Cross Country Championships last weekend shows that everybody will need to be at their best to beat me. I have been told that the NYC Half course is difficult, and a record may not be possible, so I will focus on being the first across the finish line in Central Park.”

Cheptegei, who won the Olympic gold medal in 5000m and also a World Champion at the 10,000m, will be going for glory once again.

He posted on Facebook: “Next up: New York City 👊🇺🇸 I’m very excited for my first race in New York City, the United Airlines NYC Half.

“One of the primary goals for 2023 is to defend my 10,000m gold medal at the World Championships, and this half-marathon is an important part of those preparations. The race seems like a great tour of New York City!”

Rhonex Kipruto (Kenya) who won this Half Marathon last year in a time of 1:00:30, will not be able to defend his crown.

But the Ugandan duo will receive stiff competition from Two-time U.S. Olympic medalist and Chicago Marathon champion Galen Rupp, last year’s runner-up Edward Cheserek (Kenya), and former Winners Ben True (United States) and Belay Tilahun (Ethiopia).

Note:
*The The New York City Half Marathon is an annual half marathon road running race from Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to Manhattan’s Central Park via the Manhattan Bridge, held since 2006.
*It passes through or by Times Square, Grand Central, and both Grand Army Plazas

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