Kenyan runner hit by car during Medellin Half Marathon in Colombia

Kenyan runner Joseph Kiprono Kiptum was hit by a car as he was leading a half marathon in Colombia.

Kiprono, 30, was nearing the finish line in Medellin when he was struck by a vehicle which had apparently ignored a street closure.

The athlete was treated at the roadside and taken to hospital with cuts and bruises and has now been discharged in “good health”.

Kiprono’s compatriot Daniel Muindi Muteti won the elite race in 1:03:45.

Race organisers said: “Joseph Kiprono was brought in by the emergency staff of the Medellin Marathon.

“The patient is stable, has multiple contusions and abrasions in soft tissues, has no fractures of any kind, and orthopaedic doctors reviewed him, he is in good health and is out of danger.”

Kiprono won the event in Colombia’s second city in 2015.

Race organisers also confirmed a 38-year-old amateur runner, Juan Camilo Arboleda, died after collapsing with heart problems at the finish line.

Meanwhile, Retired Athletes Welfare Association of Kenya general elections will be held on 22nd December this year.

This was revealed by the Association Chairman Vitalis Emurian who confirmed that the executive members are ready to hold the elections.

This will be the first time the association will be holding elections after its inception in 2016.

Top positions that will be vied for includes the chairmanship, deputy chair position and Treasurer Position, among others.

The Retired Athletes Association of Kenya was formed in 2016 in order to cater for the welfare of retired athletes from different Counties within the country.

Finally, the association officials have postponed the 10km marathon championship that was supposed to be held in Nairobi this month until next year due to lack of sponsors.

The association was planning to hold the race in order to create awareness to the public about the existence and need of an athlete’s welfare association.

  

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