By Thomas Odongo
Ugandan long distance runner Jacob Kiplimo on Tuesday won a silver medal at the 2018 IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World U20 (Under-20) Championship in Tampere, Finland at the Ratina Stadium.
18-year old Kiplimo emerged runner up with a winning time of 27:40:36 at the 10,000 Meter men's final with the games still going on.
Kiplimo finished second best to Kenya's Rhonex Kipruto who emerged winner with a winning time of 27:21:08 in a hot heated race chanted by enthusiastic onlookers.
In the same men's heat, Uganda's Victor Kiplangat finished 6th with a winning time of 28:42:77.
In the same race, Berihu Aregawi of Ethiopia finished third while Kenya's Solomon Kiplimo Boit emerged fourth.
At the same do, Uganda's Stella Wonruku qualified for the women's 400 Meter semi-finals while Sarah Chelengat finished fourth in the women's 5000 Meter category with a winning time of 15:43:01.
The President of Uganda Athletics Federation Dominic Otuchet has heaped praise on Kiplimo albeit not finishing as best.
''Games are still going on hence Kiplimo's silverware will boost other athletes who are still in the mix. What matters now is that he earned a podium finish and that is very great,'' Otuchet told reporters after the race.
The 2018 IAAF World U20 Championship runs till July 15th and Uganda earlier on fielded 11 athletes when the tournament started on July 10th.
Kiplimo shot to limelight in 2015 but his major berth was achieved during the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships when he bagged gold with a winning time of 22:40 at Kololo Independence Grounds.
The Kololo precious silverware was Uganda's first ever at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship and it was very important for Uganda to claim it at home.
According to IAAF, Kiplimo was the youngest Olympian to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Kiplimo also won bronze in the last World U20 Championship held in Poland in 2016 hence the boy is slowly climbing the ladder.