Kenya’s athletics family is in mourning once again following the sudden death of an athlete based in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County. Hosea Kiplagat is said to have suddenly collapsed and died in the company of his son. Kiplagat was in the country for a short holiday before returning to Peru to prepare for a race set for April.
Security officers in Elgeiyo Marakwet have launched investigations into the death of a Peru-based Kenyan marathoner, with area Police Commander Peter Mulinge saying they received a report about the incident from the area assistant chief.
“Mindilwo assistant chief reported the incident to us of a man who was walking with his son from a shopping center before he collapsed and died. Eyewitnesses said he sat down and complained of chest pains before he died,” Mulinge said.
Kiplagat, 32, arrived in the country two months ago from Peru and was finalizing the construction of a house before heading to Kapsait Athletics Training Camp in Kapsowar, where he normally trains. His brother, Anderson Kemboi, said Kiplagat’s death came as a shock as the deceased was in good health.
Some of the athletes who have since condoled with his family described him as hardworking.
“He was a good man and always smiled at everyone he met. It is so sad that we have lost him,” Judith Korir, the 2022 World Marathon silver medalist, said. She said he started training with her in Kaptagat before they both shifted to Kapsait.