Another Kenyan athlete Henry Rono dies after short illness

Kenya’s track legend, Henry Rono, has sadly passed away in Nairobi at the age of 72.

The athletics community is mourning his loss, recognizing his incredible career and numerous world records.

Rono set an astonishing four world records within just 81 days during the 70s and 80s.

  1. His legacy includes holding the record for the 3000 meters steeplechase for over a decade.

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Tributes from both the Kenyan and global athletics community have been pouring in for Rono.

Despite his achievements, he never had the opportunity to compete in the Olympics due to Kenya’s boycotts in 1976 and 1980.

Henry Rono
Henry Rono

Rono’s remarkable journey in athletics included winning gold medals in the 10,000m and 3,000m steeplechase at the Commonwealth and African Games.

He also had a successful tenure at Washington State University where he became a three-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Cross Country Champion.

Rono retired from competition by the time of the 1984 Olympics and returned to Kenya in 2019 after 33 years in the USA.

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