Kenyan athletes are in mourning state following the death of David Kipchirchir on a dark Thursday while conducting morning long run in Kaptagat.
His death comes at a time when many athletes die in similar situation across the sporting disciplines starting from Rugby and athletics cycles.
Kipchirchir’s sudden death came while conducting morning training in Kaptagat, the border of Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties in a long run covering 30km according to his training mate Laban Mutai.
He collapsed and he was pronounced dead after arriving at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret.
Mutai eulogized his demise saying Kipchirchir was a humble, happy and jovial runner who fell with his face with just 7km covered out of the planned 30km.
“We are facing harsh times when we lose such like young runners who will shine in future. He died a premature death and as athletes especially me, we have really been affected psychologically,” said Mutua.
Mutai added that he stopped the other athletes and tried to administer first aid before looking for means to take him to the hospital.
“I shouted to the other athletes though those who were in the first group didn’t hear. Those who were behind with me tried to administer first aid and I had to run back to our camp where I took my vehicle to take him to the hospital but I didn’t get them there since they had got help from a good Samaritan,” said Mutai.
Mutai said that the late was a good friend and they had agreed to meet one day and have some discussion but unfortunately he died.
“It’s so unfortunate that my friend died before we could have a meeting with him since he wanted to have discussion with me,” said Mutai.