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RIP: Kenyan athlete Charles Kipsang Kipkorir dies in Cameroon after finishing race

Kenya has lost another athlete, Charles Kipsang Kipkorir, two weeks after the death of Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum.

According to Xinhua News Agency, Charles Kipsang Kipkorir died on Saturday, February 24, in Cameroon.

He collapsed and tragically died moments after completing a competitive race in Cameroon.

According to Cameroonian media outlets, Kipkorir, participating in the 29th edition of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope, succumbed to his condition while undergoing resuscitation efforts.

During the race, Kipkorir had established a significant lead before encountering difficulties near the finish line, ultimately finishing in 16th place, as confirmed by Cameroonian Governor Bernard Okalai Bilia.

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Witnesses reported that upon crossing the finish line, the Kenyan athlete collapsed, with speculation arising that he suffered a heart attack.

Medics stationed at the Molkyo Stadium promptly administered initial aid to stabilize Kipkorir before transferring him to Buea Regional Hospital.

Speaking on the tragic incident, Governor Bilia expressed uncertainty about the exact cause, stating:

“We cannot say exactly what happened. We might believe that it is something like a heart attack.”

He further added: “They carried him to the Regional Hospital. He had already passed away.”

Kipkorir’s participation in the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope marked a significant moment as he became the first foreign athlete to register for Africa’s oldest international athletic competition, highlighting his prominence in the sport.

At 33 years old, Kipkorir was considered to be at the pinnacle of his career, having showcased his talent in various races worldwide, including the Bali Marathon, the Kuala Lumpur Marathon, and the Casablanca Half Marathon.

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The untimely passing of Kipkorir comes just weeks after Kenya mourned the loss of another prominent athlete, Kelvin Kiptum, the World record marathon holder, who tragically perished in a road accident together with his coach, Gervais Hakizimana.

He was laid to rest in Elgeyo Marakwet on Friday, February 23.

The funeral service, held at Chepsamo Secondary School grounds, was attended by President William Ruto, among other State officials.