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.
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.