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Ugandan Athletes are mourning the death of 3,000-meter steeplechase Champion Benjamin Kiplagat.

02 January, 2024

Kiplagat was murdered Saturday in Eldoret, Kenya. Stephen Kiprotich, the Olympic and World Marathon Champion, described Kiplagat as a role model to many shining athletes in Uganda like Jacob Araptany, Peruth Chemutai, and Joshua Cheptegei. 

Joshua Cheptegei, the three-time world Champion in the 10,000 meters, describes Kiplangat's death as a blow to Ugandan athletics especially when it comes to supporting upcoming stars. According to Cheptegei, Kiplagat encouraged and motivated him while training in Kenya in 2014 with him and other athletes at the Global Sports Communication camp in Eldoret, Kenya. 

The 2010 Commonwealth double gold medalist in 10,000 and 5,000 meters’ champion Kipsiro, says Kiplagat's role in the 3,000-meter steeplechase is irreplaceable. He explains that Kiplangat cherished team spirit while representing Uganda at world athletics events like the Olympics, and world championships among others. 

The President of Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) Dominic Toucher, says Benjamin Kiplagat was a loyal middle and long distance runner.