Mzee Nyandika Maiyoro, Kenya's pioneer international athlete, has died at the age of 88 at the Christa Marianne Hospital in Kisii. He was among Kenya's first three competitors in athletics at the Olympics, a breakthrough achieved at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia where Kenya competed for the first time, then as a British colony. In Melbourne, he featured in the 5,000 metres and finished an impressive seventh (13 minutes, 53.25 seconds) with Kanuti Sum finishing 31st in the marathon (2:58:42) while Joseph Leresae was 18th in the high jump.
Legendary Athlete Nyantika Mayoro Dies At 88
Nation, 24 February 2019
Mzee Nyantika Maiyoro, Kenya's pioneer international athlete, has died at the age of 88. Read more »
Team Kenya athletes who competed in the 1954 Commonwealth Games. The nine-man track and field team was made up of Korigo Barno (120 yards Hurdles, 4x440 yards), Paul Kipkorir Boit (4x440 yards), Lazaro Chepkwony (3 Mile, 6 Mile), Kiptalam Keter (4x440 yards, 880 yards), Lenemeria Jonathan (High Jump), Nyandika Maiyoro (3 Miles), Kiprono Maritim (High Jump), Musembi Mbathi (4x440 yards) and Maboria Tesot (Javelin).
Ailing legendary Kenyan athlete Nyandika Maiyoro during an interview with Nation Sport on February 14, 2019 at the Christamarianne Hospital in Kisii.
Kenya's First Olympian Nyantika Passes On
Capital FM, 24 February 2019
Kenya's first Olympian Nyantika Maiyoro has passed on at a Kisii Hospital on Sunday aged 88 years after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. Read more »
Nock Promise to Come to Maiyoro's Aid
Capital FM, 18 February 2019
The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has promised to help clear the pending medical bills of athletics legend Nyantika Maiyoro who has been recuperating at a Kisii… Read more »
Inspired By Nyantika, Samson Eyes Race Walk Gold
Nation, 23 June 2017
Many would have expected legendary distance runner Nyandika Maiyoro to advise Dominic Samson to take up long distances races where Kenyans has dominated the world stage, and not… Read more »
Veteran Maiyoro Says Athletes Should Run Sport
The Star, 21 October 2014
Athletics in the country should be managed by people who have the know-how and not anybody, a veteran athlete has said. Read more »
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