Former Colombia Half-Marathon winner Joseph Kiprono was hit by a car on Sunday while running in this year’s edition of the same event.
Kiprono was leading the race before he was knocked won by the car which the authorities say had violated traffic regulations by using the closed route. The race was held in Colombian second-city Medellin.
The athlete who sustained cuts and bruises was attended to by medics on the scene before transferred to the hospital for further medical attention, he was later reported to be responding well and was in good condition.
Douglas Nyongesa, a Kenyan student in Columbia speaking to a local daily confirmed the reports saying it was all over the media.
“It’s true, it’s all over the local news channels here. We are aware another athlete 38 year-old collapsed and was later confirmed dead by medics,” said Nyongesa.
The Colomba Half-Marathon was characterized by trouble as another 38 year old athlete collapsed reports from the organizers confirming that he had died from heart related complications.
The incidences happened at a time another Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record.