Ugandan rising star Jacob Kiplimo captured a commanding victory at the Cross Internacional de Itálica in Spain on Sunday.
The race took place in Santiponce, near the Spanish city of Seville, the sixth leg of this season’s IAAF Cross Country Permit series.
The 18-year-old Kiplimo beat his countryman and defending champion Joshua Cheptegei to this year's title in the men's 9.9 km race.
Kiplimo, who clocked 27:48 over 9.9km, confirmed that he will contest the senior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Aarhus 2019 on 30 March, even though he would be young enough to defend his U20 title.
“I decided to run conservatively for the first half of the race, then I changed the pace and felt great until the end,” said Kiplimo on the IAAF website.
Asked about his chances of breaking the world 10,000m record on the track after his impressive 26:41 road performance in Madrid, he said: “why not? That’s a long-term goal in my career.”
The 22-year-old Cheptegei said: “I have come here after a one-week stint in Monte Gordo (Portugal); I know I’m only at about 85% at the moment but I’ll now return to Uganda and hope to be at my best for the World Cross.”
Bahrain's Albert Rop finished third after clocking 28:06 in Seville.
1 Jacob Kiplimo (UGA) 27:48
2 Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 28:04
3 Albert Rop (BRN) 28:06
4 Vincent Rono (KEN) 28:14
5 Soufiane El Bakkali (MAR) 28:26
6 Mande Bushendich (UGA) 28:28
7 David Palacio (ESP) 28:49
8 Toni Abadía (ESP) 28:50
9 Adel Mechaal (ESP) 29:06
10 Javier Guerra (ESP) 29:07