Kenyan athlete Joseph Kiprono Kiptum was hit by a car during Medellin half marathon

kenyan runner Joseph Kiprono Kiptum

Kenyan runner Joseph Kiprono Kiptum was hit by a car when he was leading a half marathon in Columbia at the weekend. Nearing the finish line in the Medellin Marathon, 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, but has since been discharged and said to be in “good health”. Whilst Kiprono’s half marathon dreams were ruined, his compatriot Daniel Muindi Muteti went on to win the elite race in 1:03:45.

Race organisers said of the event: “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 out of danger.”

Sadly, the organisers also went on to confirm a 38-year-old amateur runner named Juan Camilo Arboleda died after collapsing with heart problems at the finish line. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. 

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