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    Ugandan long-distance runner Benjamin Kiplagat has been found dead in Kimumu in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya, on Sunday morning.

    Kiplagat is said to have been killed in his car while heading home to Kimunu, his neck slashed with a sharp knife.

    Stephen Okal, the police commandant for Moiben Sub-county, stated that they were notified by the public about an accident. Officers promptly responded to the message and arrived at the scene around 5:00 am on Sunday.

    Upon inspection, they discovered a man in the driver’s seat with stab wounds to his chest and a deep cut on his neck. The investigation revealed that the vehicle had collided with a motorcycle, presumably used by the assailants to block the victim before carrying out the crime and making a getaway.

    “We are still investigating the incident to ascertain what really happened, but what we can confirm is that the man found dead is an international athlete called Benjamin Kiplagat,” Okal was quoted by NTV Kenya.

    Benjamin Kiplagat, a renowned Ugandan long-distance runner, left an indelible mark on the world of athletics. His dedication and prowess in long-distance races were evident through his participation in various prestigious events, including the Rio Olympics Games in 2016. Kiplagat’s 17-year career was adorned with accolades, such as the World Under 20 Championships Silver medal and an African Championships Bronze medal.

    His commitment to the sport was reflected in his rankings, notably securing the 38th position overall in the Men’s 3,000-metre Steeplechase according to the World Athletics Rankings. Kiplagat’s journey included participation in renowned competitions like the Shanghai Samsung Diamond League, Lausanne Athletissima in Switzerland, Paris Meeting Areva, and Hengelo Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in the Netherlands.

    As we remember Benjamin Kiplagat, let us celebrate his achievements and the positive impact he had on the athletic world. His legacy as an international athlete will undoubtedly endure, inspiring future generations to pursue excellence in long-distance running.

    I’m deeply sorry to hear about the tragic incident involving Benjamin Kiplagat. Such events are indeed distressing, and my condolences go out to his family, friends, and the athletic community. It’s important to respect the memory of Benjamin Kiplagat and focus on the positive aspects of his career and achievements in the realm of long-distance running.

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