Nyandika Maiyoro, Kenya's Olympian Pioneer, Dies Aged 88

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.

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