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World - Africa Updated: November 02, 2022

Wilson Chuma: Kenya's Olympic Medalist Is Dead

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
November 02, 2022
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Wilson Chuma Kiprugut, Kenya's first Olympic medallist has died at the age of 84, the Kenyan athletics federation announced on Wednesday.

Wilson placed third in the 800m race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

"Chuma was one of those athletes who put Kenya on the world map.

"This is a sad day for the country and the world of athletics.

"He was an extraordinary man," Jackson Tuwei, the federation's president told AFP.

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Wilson Kiprugut died in Kericho hospital in the west of the country after losing consciousness at home, his family said.

His bronze medal at the 1964 Olympics was "extremely valuable because it was the first ever for Kenya, inspiring other athletes to shine on the Olympic stage," his national federation said.

The Kenyan runner earned silver at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, again in the 800m, ahead of the Australian Ralph Doubell, who set a world record that day.

He had finished third in 1964, behind New Zealand icon Peter Snell.

Kiprugut worked as a supervisor on the tea plantations of a British multinational corporation in Kericho after quitting sports.

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Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi

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