Uganda’s 2017 IAAF World Cross Country gold medallist, Jacob Kiplimo, on Friday lost his father to a long illness.
The late Stephen Chebet passed on at Mbale hospital.
Uganda Athletics Federation secretary, Beatrice Ayikoru, tod the state-run New Vision that an official had been sent to link up with the bereaved family to discuss the burial arrangements.
“Our thoughts are with the bereaved family at this difficult time, one of our officials is travelling to Kapchorwa to meet up the family of the deceased after which we will get more details,” Ayikoru said.
Kiplimo is one of the three other leading national athletes including Robert Chemonges, Victor Kiplangat and Oscar Chelimo.
He won gold in the U-20 men’s race during the March 2017 IAAF World Cross Country at Kololo ground in Kampala.
The 16-year-old became the first Ugandan to win a gold medal at the event when he crossed the finish line in 22.40 minutes.
He came into the limelight in May 2016 when he qualified for the Rio Olympic Games by winning a 5,000 metres race in Italy.
This singular achievement made him the youngest ever Ugandan athlete to qualify for the Olympics.