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Kenya’s first Olympian dies

R.I.P: Nyandika Maiyoro

KENYAN ATHLETE Nyantika Maiyoro has died at the age of 88.

The retired sports star was admitted into the Christamarianne Hospital in Kisii County, Kenya, where local reports claim he was diagnosed with Tuberculosis.

According to his son, Nyantika went into a coma on Sunday (Feb 24) after developing breathing problems and died shortly after.

"Mzee has left us. I'm now preparing his body for the morgue," Mr. Nyantika said on Sunday night.

Maiyoro was Born 1931 in Kiogoro, Kisii, Kenya and was known as the first top Kenyan long-distance runner and won his debut international race at the 1953 Indian Ocean Games in Madagascar.

He also competed in the 1954 British Commonwealth games held in Vancouver and in the same year, he finished fourth at the Amateur Athletic Association Championships in London.

He later went onto captain the Kenyan team in the 1956 Olympics held in Australia and retired in 1964. He was the first Kenyan to represent the country in the Olympics.

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