Olympic gold medalist dies in his Ngong home

Kenya loses another hero

President Uhuru Kenyatta hands over flag to team that represented Kenya in the Commonwealth Games. 1972 Munich Olympics gold medalist Robert Ouko dies at age 70 in his Ngong home

1972 Olympics relay gold medalist Robert Gwaro Ouko is dead, his family has confirmed.

The accomplished former athlete died late on Sunday evening at the age of 70 at his home in Ngong.

During the Munich games, Ouko was part of a 4 member relay team that brought home the gold in the 4x400m race.

His fellow team member Julius Sang died in 2004. The only surviving members of the team are 73-year-old Charles Asati and Hezekiah Nyamao who is also in his 70s.

Asati spoke to reporters stating that the late Ouko died as a man neglected by the same country he won medals for.

"It’s sad that we have been neglected and Ouko died suffering. But we thank God each morning that we wake up because it is He who keeps us going," Asati stated.

Bury me using that money - Olympic gold-medalist Robert Ouko's dying wish

A fellow athlete from Ouko's era, Ms Rose Tata Muya, recounted Ouko's dying wish saying that she last visited him on Saturday.

"The last time I spoke with him was on Saturday. He told me if he dies, the government should release money meant for heroes to cater for his funeral arrangements because the money did not help him when he wanted.

"It is tragic that he has died while chasing the money from the government," she conveyed.


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