Ugandan Olympian Benjamin Kiplagat Stabbed to Death in Kenya, World Athletics Mourns Loss

ELDORET, Kenya – Former Ugandan Olympic athlete Benjamin Kiplagat, known for his impressive career in the 3000m steeplechase, tragically passed away at the age of 34 in Kenya. Kiplagat represented Uganda in three Olympic Games and six world championships, leaving behind a legacy of athletic excellence that is now overshadowed by his untimely death.

According to the local authorities, Kiplagat was found inside his brother’s car near Kimumu Secondary School on the outskirts of Eldoret along Eldoret-Iten Road, with fatal knife wounds to his neck and chest. The details surrounding his death are currently under investigation.

Kiplagat’s passing has sent shockwaves through the athletics community, with World Athletics releasing a statement expressing their profound sadness at the news of his death. Over the span of his 17-year career, Kiplagat achieved significant milestones, including a silver medal at the World U20 Championships in 2008 and appearances at the Beijing, London, and Rio Olympics. Additionally, he clinched a bronze medal at the 2012 African Championships and reached the finals at the World Championships in 2009 and 2011.

Despite his impressive accomplishments, Kiplagat had not competed since 2021, with his personal best time of 8:03.81 secured at a Diamond League meeting in Lausanne in 2010. His undeniable talent and dedication to the sport will be remembered by fans and fellow athletes alike.

The loss of Kiplagat has not only impacted the athletics world but has also sparked discussions around safety and security in the region. His tragic death serves as a sobering reminder of the vulnerability that athletes may face, even in the pursuit of their passion. As the investigation into Kiplagat’s death continues, the athletic community mourns the loss of a beloved competitor and celebrates the enduring legacy he leaves behind.