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Stephen Kiprotich In Car Accident

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 5, 2013
  • Updated Mar. 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM UTC
Kiprotich was the surprise winner of the men's Olympic Marathon in London. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The car he was traveling in swerved off the road, but he was able to avoid injury.

According to a report on the New Vision Web site, the Olympic gold medalist in the marathon, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, was involved in a car accident on Monday.

The runner is training in Iten, Kenya and was returning home when the vehicle he was in swerved off the road and went down a valley.

Other athletes were in the car with him and two are listed as seriously injured.

Kiprotich is scheduled to run the London Marathon in April. When he was last in the British captial, he won gold at the Olympic Games.

Uganda’s Athletics Federation organizing secretary Faustino Kiwa confirmed that an accident took place and that Kiprotich was not injured.

“But the other people he was traveling with were seriously injured and were admitted. I tried to speak to him on phone but he was still recovering so I advised them to give him some rest,” he said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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