THE PASSING OF A CHAMPION

Olympic relay champion Robert Ouko dies

In Summary

• Ouko was part of the quartet that won the gold in 1972 Olympic games in Munich, Germany.

• Others in the team were Charles Asati, Ezekiel Nyamao and the late Julius Sang. Sang died in 2004.

The late Olympic relay champion Robert Ouko.
The late Olympic relay champion Robert Ouko.
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The Athletics fraternity in the country has been thrown into mourning following the death of 1972 Summer Olympics 4×400m relay champion Robert Ouko.

Ouko died at his home in Ngong, Nairobi at 10 pm on Sunday, confirmed fellow former track athlete Rose Tata Muya.

Muya who is the national coordinator of heroes and heroines said Ouko who hails from Manga in Nyamira County has been in and out of the hospital for the last one year.

"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," Muya said.

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

The late Olympic relay champion Robert Ouko.
The late Olympic relay champion Robert Ouko.
Image: COURTESY

She asked the government to release the money meant for heroes and heroines to help them when they are alive.

She disclosed that she too has been chasing the money alongside Ben Jipcho who is also unwell.

Ouko was part of the quartet that won the gold in 1972 Olympic games in Munich, Germany.

Others in the team were Charles Asati, Ezekiel Nyamao and the late Julius Sang. Sang died in 2004.