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Uganda’s long-distance runner murdered in Kenya

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David GOMBE

Uganda’s long-distance runner Benjamin Kiplagat has been found dead inside a car in Eldoret, Kenya.

According to reports, the former 3000m steeplechase runner Kiplagat was murdered earlier today in western Kenya. His neck was cut with a knife.

Kiplagat’s lifeless body was found inside his brother’s car in Texas near Kimumu Secondary School along Eldoret-Iten Road.

Kiplagat represented Uganda at the Rio Olympics in 2016 was found dead in Kenya (Photo/Courtesy)

He represented Uganda at three Olympics and six World Athletics Championships. Won 2008 world junior silver in Poland and 2012 Africa Senior bronze in Benin.

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In June 2012, Kiplagat made history after clinching bronze in the 3,000-metre Steeplechase final, the first medal of any kind to be won by a Ugandan male athlete following years of dominance by the Kenyan athletes.

According to the World Athletics Rankings, he was placed 38th overall in the Men’s 3,000 metre Steeplechase.

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