Uganda’s athletics sensation Jacob Kiplimo proved that his recent great form is showing no signs of slowing down after he won the men’s 3000m race at the 2020 Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, Rome’s Diamond League track and field meeting on Thursday.
In a race billed as “The Battle of The Jacobs”, between the two 19-year-old sensations Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Norway’s 1500m European record holder and Uganda’s World Cross Country Championships silver medallist, both men faced off in an exciting 100m sprint finish. The Norwegian was clearly in the lead heading towards the line but Kiplimo caught him and pulled clear at the 60m mark to win in a time of 7.26.64. The time is a national record for Uganda, World lead and Diamond League record. It is also the fastest time since 2007.
Ingebrigsten finished second in 7:27.05, also a new Norwegian national record while Stewart McSweyn of Australia placed third with 7:28.02 earning a new Australian and Oceania record.
The only runners who have gone quicker at 3000m now are Daniel Komen with the world record of 7:20.67, Hicham El Guerrouj, Ali Saidi-Sief, Haile Gebrselassie, Noureddine Morceli, Kenenisa Bekele and Mohammed Mourhit.
The latter holds the European record after running 7:26.62 while representing Belgium, but some will now consider Ingebrigtsen the real record-holder due to Mourhit’s career being blighted by a drugs ban for taking EPO.
Kiplimo’s victory comes just a week after he upstaged Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega to win the 5000m race at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic with a personal best time of 12:48.63.
World record holder for the 5000m Joshua Cheptegei hailed his countryman.
“Huge congratulations to my colleague Jacob Kiplimo upon running the 6th fastest all-time over 3000m in Rome with a time of 7:26, running a world lead, national record, the future is indeed bright. Let’s carry this momentum unto next year’s Olympic games,” Cheptegei said.
Elsewhere, South Africa’s Akani Simbine broke the 10-second barrier as he raced to victory in the men’s 100m in 9.96 seconds ahead of Ivory Coast’s Arthur Cisse (10.04) and Filippo Tortu of Italy (10.9).
In the women’s 100m race, another Ivorian, Marie-Josee Ta Lou placed third with a season’s best 11.14 seconds. The race was won by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah who ran a world-leading 10.85 seconds while American Aleia Hobbs finished second in 11.12 seconds.
Somalia Arrests 10 For Trafficking Cheetahs
Somalia’s Somaliland on Tuesday said ten suspects who have been rounded up in two separate incidents of wildlife trafficking in the past three weeks have been arrested.
The police said some suspects were arrested in Hargeisa while attempting to sell three young cheetah cubs to the highest bidder while others were nabbed after being caught in possession of cheetah cubs.
Kayse Sudi Arale police spokesperson said in a statement “we successfully confiscated 10 cheetah cubs from a known gang of traffickers in the Xeedho area on the outskirts of Hargeisa.
“Two key suspects are in police custody, and they will be brought to justice as soon as possible.’’
The cubs from the two incidents were placed in the immediate care of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Ministry of Environment and Rural Development’s partner in the counter cheetah-trafficking project.
The CCF said its veterinarians and animal care staff examined the animals and found a host of health problems typically seen in cheetahs that have been in the hands of unskilled captors for more than just a few days.
Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport
The government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) has finalised plans to establish the first public free zone at Entebbe International Airport. The free zone is projected to boost export-oriented investment in the country.
The project will be implemented by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) on a five acre piece of land acquired from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) at the Entebbe International Airport premises.
Under the arrangement, the project targets sectors which include food processing, mineral processing, warehousing, storage and simple assembly, where all operators in the public free zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.
The development of the Public Free Zone projected to cost UGX 48billion will, on completion house seven production units and trade houses such as offices of the Uganda Free Zones Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, and other government offices to promote enterprise. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has already awarded UGX 12.5 Billion for the first phase of the project.
Speaking at the site handover event, Hez Kimoomi Alinda, the Uganda Free Zones Authority Executive Director, said the project is expected to contribute cargo volumes, create hundreds of direct jobs and significantly improve Uganda’s exports.
“On completion, the project will support increased production quality assurance and value addition to commodities that are widely produced by the masses to improve household incomes, create employment and eliminate poverty as well as improve the value of Uganda’s exports,” he said.
Alinda was speaking while handing over the site for the construction of the Entebbe International Airport Free Zone at which he said they had acquired five acres from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for the development and contracted National Enterprise Corporation, the commercial arm of the UPDF for the construction.
Fire On Kilimanjaro Under Control – Official
A fire on Mount Kilimanjaro that had been raging for seven days is largely under control, the Director General of Tanzania National Parks Authority (Tanapa) said on Saturday.
“Thanks to work done by various stakeholders and rain which came in some parts of the mountain last night we have managed to contain the fire by 99 per cent,’’ Allan Kijazi said.
‘`What remains now are small patches in bushes which are still smoking and we are dealing with them as I speak,’’ he added, saying that a helicopter was being used in hard-to-reach areas.
The fire broke out on Sunday and, according to officials, has since destroyed at least 28 square kilometres of bush.
Officials have said some 500 people were working to quell the flames.
At 5,895 metres, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and also one of Tanzania’s landmarks.
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