Athlete champ Cheptegei survives death in Kapchorwa

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Cheptegie's car

Ugandan long-distance runner, Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, has been involved in an accident in Kapchorwa district.

Cheptegei said he was hit by a car that lost control in Kapchorwa town on Saturday morning.

‏”[I am] grateful to my GOD for saving me from a terrible accident in Kapchorwa town.”

The marathoner said the car that knocked him was trying to connect to the highway and lost control

“I thank the Police in Kapchorwa for intercepting the car that knocked me while trying to take off.”

“I am recovering steadily,” he added, without explaining where he was being admitted.

This is the second accident in a space of days happening in the same district.

The last accident in Kapchorwa claimed over 20 lives when a bus veered off the road and overturned.

Cheptegei was among those who condoled with families of the deceased passengers:

“Many condolences to the families and relatives who lost their people in #towoi  #KapchorwaAccident,” he  wrote on December 20.

He added: “The region is saddened by this tragic happening. May God Almighty Grant peace to the families of the bereaved. Rest in peace our #fallenCitizens.”

Cheptegei is the most notable as a silver medallist in the 10,000 metres at the 2017 World Championships in London.

He also competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing finishing ninth.

He ran at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, finishing eight and sixth respectively.

Cheptegei was the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres champion at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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