ELDORET, Kenya – Former Ugandan Olympian, Benjamin Kiplagat, was tragically found stabbed to death inside his brother’s car near Kimumu Secondary School on the outskirts of Eldoret along Eldoret-Iten Road. Kiplagat, 34, represented Uganda in three Olympic Games and six world championships in the 3000m steeplechase. His body showed signs of deep knife cuts to the neck and chest, according to statements from Moiben Sub-County Police Commander Stephen Okal.
Local media reports indicated that Kiplagat had been training in the area before planning to return to Uganda to resume his athletic career. World Athletics expressed shock and sadness at the news of Kiplagat’s untimely death, emphasizing the impact of his accomplishments in the running community.
During his 17-year running career, Kiplagat made impressive achievements, including winning silver in the steeple at the World U20 Championships in 2008, and competing in the Beijing, London, and Rio Olympics. He also secured bronze at the 2012 African Championships and made appearances in World Championships finals. Kiplagat’s personal best time of 8:03.81 was achieved in a runner-up finish at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne in 2010.
His passing has left a void in the running community, and his absence will be deeply felt by his fellow athletes as they continue to honor his legacy.
In addition to his accomplishments as an athlete, Kiplagat’s role as a respected member of the running community has left a lasting impact, and he will be remembered for his dedication and contributions to the sport.
The investigation into Kiplagat’s death is ongoing as the running community and fans mourn the loss of an accomplished athlete and a beloved figure.