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Kenya's first male taekwondo Olympian eulogised

Dickson Wamwiri, 35, died after collapsing in his house in Waithaka, Nairobi

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• He was a 'selfless being' who nurtured and mentored many talents

Dickson Wamwiri's burial procession
Dickson Wamwiri's burial procession
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

Kenya lost its first male Taekwondo athlete representative at the 2008 Beijing Olympics on September 6.

Dickson Wamwiri, 35, died after collapsing in his house in Waithaka, Nairobi, and was laid to rest at his home in Kikuyu on Friday last week.

Family members and friends remembered Dickson for his patriotism. Nairobi Taekwondo chairperson Master Voiya Lumwach said, "Dickson was a selfless being who nurtured and mentored many talents. We will hold a tournament coming next year in honour and memory of our late hero. May his soul rest in eternal peace."

Taekwondo athletes Michael Shwan and Mary Wanjiru perform a mock fight as coach Saida Wambui (C) looks on
Taekwondo athletes Michael Shwan and Mary Wanjiru perform a mock fight as coach Saida Wambui (C) looks on
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Mourners read the eulogy
Mourners read the eulogy
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Nairobi Taekwondo chairperson Master Voiya Lumwach
Nairobi Taekwondo chairperson Master Voiya Lumwach
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Taekwondo athletes carry the casket of the deceased
Taekwondo athletes carry the casket of the deceased 
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Coach Saida Wambui leads mourners in showing their last respects
Coach Saida Wambui leads mourners in showing their last respects
Image: WILFRED NYANYARESI