Kenyan athlete Francis Kiplagat dies in car accident

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File: Kenyan long distance athlete Francis Kiplagat died in a car accident in the Kikopey area in Nairobi, on Monday.

File: Kenyan long distance athlete Francis Kiplagat died in a car accident in the Kikopey area in Nairobi, on Monday.

NAIROBI - Kenyan long distance athlete Francis Kiplagat died in a car accident in the Kikopey area in Nairobi, on Monday.

The accident involving two cars claimed six lives, among them was the 28-year-old Kiplagat.

Organising secretary of the Professional Athletes Association of Kenya (Paak) Julius Ndegwa confirmed the death of Kiplagat.

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“It’s true we have lost Kiplagat. They had come to Nairobi to get their visas… as they were heading Eldoret, the accident occurred at Kikopey area, a few kilometres past Gilgil,” said Ndegwa.

Kiplagat has nine career victories to his name with personal bests of 14:58 in the 5km, 29:45 (10km), 62:49 half marathon and a 2:15:57 marathon.

Kiplagat was travelling with 2010 African men&39;s 5,000m silver medallist Vincent Yator was also left injured - but the extent of his injuries was not yet known.