By Victor Kanayo
An Uganda distance runner and three-time Olympian, Benjamin Kiplagat, has passed on after he was reportedly stabbed to death.
According to local reports, the 34-year-old Kiplagat was found inside a car with stab wounds to his chest and neck, near the Kenyan town of Eldoret, known as a top training centre for athletes.
Already, Police in Kenya said they have launched an investigation into his death.
Kiplagat, reached the semi-final of the 2012 London Olympics in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Another Incident In Australia
Meanwhile, Australian Olympic track cyclist and former world champion Melissa Hoskins has died after a car accident in the country’s south.
This was disclosed by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) on Monday, January 1, 2023 in a statement.
“The AOC has expressed the utmost sadness at the loss of Olympic cyclist Melissa Hoskins after the tragic events in Adelaide.
“Our condolences go to Melissa’s family, friends and the cycling community at this extremely difficult time,” part of the statement said.
Australian media has widely reported that Hoskins’ husband and twice world individual time trial champion Rohan Dennis has been arrested and charged over her death.
Confirming the development, Australian Police said a 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and endangering life.
The driver was known to the woman and given bail to appear in court on March 13, police said.
Hoskins, 32, won gold in the team pursuit at the 2015 world championships and was a member of the Australian team at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.