23 Jan '13, 6pm

Deaths of Samson Kimobwa and Abderahim Goumri, by IAAF, note by Larry Eder: The deaths of Samson Kimobwa, former...

The IAAF is saddened to hear of the deaths in recent days of two outstanding distance runners, Kenya's Samson Kimobwa and Morocco's Abderahim Goumri. Former 10000m World record holder Kimobwa died aged 57 in a Nairobi hospital on Wednesday (16), after being admitted the previous day with a stomach ailment. He set a World record time of 27:30.5 on 30 June, 1977, in Helsinki. The mark was broken by his compatriot Henry Rono just under a year later in Vienna, when he ran 27:22.4. Kimobwa was among the first Kenyans to earn a track scholarship to study in the United States when he went to Washington State University in the mid-1970s, along with the likes of Rono and John Ngeno. In later life, he became a high school teacher and coach, and was the mentor to several Kenyan international runners. "We have lost a role model, a colleague and person who inspired many young athletes,...

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