Former 10,000 metres world record holder Kimobwa dies

NAIROBI Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:25am IST

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan former 10,000 metres world record holder Samson Kimobwa died aged 58 on Wednesday after complaining of a stomach ailment the previous day, officials said on Friday.

Kimobwa set a world record time of 27 minutes 30.47 seconds on June 30, 1977 in Helsinki. The record was broken by compatriot Henry Rono a year later in Vienna when he ran 27:22.4.

"We have lost a role model, a colleague and person who inspired many young athletes," Patrick Sang, Athletics Kenya official in the Rift Valley Province and 1992 Olympic 3,000 metres steeplechase silver medallist told Reuters.

Kimobwa, a high school teacher, was among the first Kenyans to earn a track scholarship to study in the United States when he went to Washington State University in early 1970s along with the likes of Rono and John Ngeno. (Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Alison Wildey)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Formula One

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Rooney is Back

Rooney is Back

Rooney back for Manchester derby but Falcao unfit.  Full Article 

Honouring Putin

Honouring Putin

FINA stands by decision to honour Putin.  Full Article 

On Social Media

On Social Media

Ferdinand calls punishment for Twitter comment "ludicrous".  Full Article 

Premier League

Premier League

Odds shorten on Chelsea emulating Arsenal's 'Invincibles'.  Full Article 

Soccer Captain Death

Soccer Captain Death

Suspect in killing of S.Africa national soccer captain arrested.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage