April 14, 2024

Kenyan athlete dies after race in Cameroon

Kenyan athlete dies after race in Cameroon
Charles Kipsang

 A Kenyan runner died of a suspected heart attack after collapsing at the finish of Saturday's Cameroon mountain race, Africa's oldest international athletic competition, according to officials. 

The 33-year-old athlete identified as Charles Kipsang Kipkorir was leading the race but suffered a malaise that forced him to briefly stop minutes to the finish line, said Bernard Okalai Bilia, governor of the Southwest region where the race took place. 

Kipkorir who succeeded in crossing the finish line thereafter, collapsed after collecting his prize. He was rushed to the hospital where he died minutes later. 


"It is a very sad situation because he was at his fourth participation. It is a great loss for the African athletic federation, for his country Kenya, and for us Cameroon," he added. 

Over 600 runners from Congo, Ethiopia, France, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Tanzania, Chad, Tunisia and Cameroon took part in the annual competition. 

The race, dubbed Race of Hope, is of a particularly difficult terrain, with athletes going up and down the mountain, which is over 4,100 meters above sea level.