Ugandan Athlete Benjamin Kiplagat Stabbed to Death in Kenya

Ugandan athlete Benjamin Kiplagat, three-time Olympian, known for his prowess in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, was found dead in Eldoret, Kenya, with reports suggesting he had been brutally stabbed.

Benjamin Kiplagat Stabbed to Death in Kenya

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Born in Kenya but representing Uganda on the international stage, Benjamin Kiplagat, 34, had a career nearly two decades.

His journey in athletics began with the 10,000 meters at the 2004 World Junior Championships, the start of a promise.

Benjamin Kiplagat made his international debut at the 2006 World Cross Country Championships, setting a national junior record and finishing sixth.

Over the years, Benjamin Kiplagat’s dedication and talent propelled him to numerous accolades. In 2008, he finished fourth in the World Cross Country Championships and secured a silver medal in the World Junior Championships.

His achievements continued with multiple record-breaking performances, including lowering the Ugandan national record to 8:03.81 in 2010.

Benjamin Kiplagat’s true prowess shone in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, where he excelled on the global stage. Representing Uganda, he participated in six World Athletics Championships and three consecutive Summer Olympics in 2008, 2012, and 2016.

His memorable run to the semi-finals of the 2012 London Olympics and appearances in Rio de Janeiro showcased his commitment to the sport.

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The career of Benjamin Kiplagat came to a sudden end on a night in Eldoret, Kenya. Found dead in a car on the outskirts of the Rift Valley town, Kiplagat’s body bore the evidence of a deep knife wound to his neck, indicating a brutal murder.

Local police commander Stephen Okal confirmed the details, labeling it a murder and initiating an investigation to unravel the motive behind this act.

Reports suggest that Benjamin Kiplagat was ambushed by unknown assailants while on his way to his brother’s home in Iten, Eldoret.

The attackers stabbed him in the chest and made off with an unspecified amount of money, leaving an athlete lifeless in his vehicle.

World Athletics, the governing body for the sport, expressed sorrow and condolences to Kiplagat’s friends, family, teammates, and fellow athletes.

The statement, shared on social media platform X, addressed the grief felt by the athletic community worldwide.

Peter Ogwang, the state minister for sports in Uganda, said the sentiments, expressing condolences to Kiplagat’s family, fellow Ugandans, and the entire East Africa.

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The loss of a talented athlete who had consistently represented the nation on the international stage resonated deeply.

In October 2021, Kenyan distance running star Agnes Tirop met a similar fate, being found stabbed to death in her home near Eldoret.

The sporting world, East African nations, and relevant authorities must come together to ensure the safety of athletes and implement measures to prevent further incidents.

A three-time Olympian, a silver medalist in the World Junior Championships, and a bronze medalist in the Africa Championships, Kiplagat’s achievements on the track are in the annals of Ugandan athletics history.

The motive behind the attack, the identities of the assailants, and any connections to previous incidents must be thoroughly examined.

The local police, in collaboration with relevant authorities, are on the ground pursuing leads to bring clarity to this event.

The similarities between Benjamin Kiplagat’s case and the murder of Agnes Tirop in 2021 concerns about the safety of athletes, particularly in areas known for high-altitude training.

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