Ugandan Olympian Benjamin Kiplagat Found With Fatal Stab Wounds In Eldoret, Kenya

Authorities suspect that a motorcycle had been strategically placed to block his path before committing the attack

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Ugandan athlete Benjamin Kiplagat, a three-time Olympian renowned for his achievements in the 3000m Steeplechase, tragically passed away on the night of December 31, 2023, near Eldoret, Kenya

Reports indicate that the 34-year-old athlete was found dead in his car, with fatal stab wounds to his chest and neck, sending shockwaves through the world of athletics.

Kiplagat, who had represented Uganda in three consecutive Olympic Games, including the 2012 London Olympics, where he reached the semifinals in the 3,000m steeplechase, was discovered in the vicinity of Eldoret, a prominent training hub for athletes.

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Local authorities swiftly initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Kiplagat’s untimely demise. 

According to Moiben Sub-County police commandant Stephen Okal, the incident was reported as a potential accident, prompting officers to visit the scene at 5:00 am on the following Sunday morning.

Upon closer examination, the authorities uncovered a grim scene – Kiplagat lying in the driver’s seat, having sustained stab wounds to his chest and a deep cut on his neck. 

It was determined that a motorcycle had been strategically placed to block his path before the assailant committed the crime and fled the scene.

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Kiplagat, a decorated athlete, had previously earned a silver medal in the 2008 World Junior 3,000m steeplechase. He had also represented Uganda in various international competitions, including the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, where he narrowly missed the podium, finishing fourth. 

His athletic career also included the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, where he secured the 10th position, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

World Athletics expressed sorrow over the tragic news, posting on social media, “World Athletics is shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Benjamin Kiplagat. We send our deepest condolences to his friends, family, teammates, and fellow athletes. Our thoughts are with them all at this difficult time.”

As the investigation into Kiplagat’s death unfolds, the global athletic community mourns the loss of a talented and dedicated athlete who will be remembered on and off the track.

A recent update from local authorities has revealed that two men have been arrested in relation to Kiplagat’s death.

The knife that is believed to have been used in the killing was found on one of the suspects, and authorities believe the motive was robbery, as Kiplagat’s cellphone and money had been taken from him.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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