Kenyan Athletics Pioneer Daniel Rudisha Dies

Athletics fraternity is mourning the death of pioneer athlete Daniel Rudisha. The Senior Rudisha’s death comes a week after another pioneer athlete Nyandika Maiyoro and John Mayaka passed on.

Rudisha alongside Hezekiah Nyamao, Charles Asati and the late Naftali Bon placed Kenya firmly on the global athletics map in 1968 when they struck silver in the 4x400 metres relay at the Mexico Olympic Games.

That firm foundation they laid, saw Asati and Nyamao team up with Robert Ouko and the late Julius Sang four years later in Munich to elevate the title to gold, Kenya’s and Africa’s only Olympic gold medal ever in the 4x400m relay.

Rudisha is among the first lot of athletes who represented the country, not for monetary gains but for the love of the game.

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