Kenyan Olympic Champion Passes On

  • 1972 Summer Olympics 4*400m relay champion Robert Ouko, on Sunday, passed on at his Ngong home.

    News of his death was confirmed by his fellow former track athlete Rose Tata Muya, who revealed that Ouko had been in and out of the hospital for the last one year.

    Muya, who is the national coordinator of heroes and heroines stated that it was tragic that he had died while chasing money from the government.

    "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 stated.

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

    Muya disclosed that she too had 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.

    Ouko’s death leaves two surviving members of that famous quartet, Charles Asati and Hezekiah Nyamao.

    The other team member, Julius Sang, died on April 9, 2004.

    Asati, 73, mourned his former Olympics teammate from his Kisii home, who he stated died a neglected man.

    “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 remarked.