Joshua Cheptegei, Peruth Chemutai mourn Ugandan athlete killed in Kenya 

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By Morris Rawal

In a car accident, a promising young athlete from Uganda lost his life.

According to reports, Alex Cherop passed away instantly when the vehicle he was riding in flipped multiple times in Eldoret, Kenya.

Alex Cherop was only 21 years old

 Cherop was returning to Uganda from Kenya, where he had camped out for the purpose of doing personal training.

The athletics community has been in sorrow since the incident on Tuesday, August 30.

Cherop was a promising middle and long-distance runner who looked up to Joshua Cheptegei, the finest athlete in the nation’s history.

Cheptegei was among the first athletes to express his condolences after learning of Cherop’s passing.

What a great loss. A wonderful committed and focused young talent gone prematurely. Rest in Peace,” posted Cheptegei on his socials.

Peruth Chemutai was the other concerned celebrated runner who mourned Cherop.

“Alex has gone too early. He was a delightful athlete to watch in training and domestic competitions. He had a big dream,” Chemutai the Olympic champion said.

One among those disappointed by the tragic event is Benjamin Njia, the Uganda Sports Federation (UAF) vice-president for technical matters and a well-known athletics coach in the nation.

“Alex was a much disciplined trainee who always hoped to become a great runner in this country,” Njia said.

According to Njia, the family and the government are reportedly involved in making plans to repatriate the athlete’s remains.

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