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Veteran Daniel Rudisha dies at 73

Athletics family is today mourning the death of former Olympic Games 800m silver medalist and track master Daniel Rudisha.

Daniel is the father of world 800m record holder David Rudisha.

Daniel is the 1968 Olympics silver medalist. David confirmed the devastating news on Thursday morning having taken to Twitter to post touching messages to his father on Tuesday.

The 73 year old Daniel was a coach and teacher who was part of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico where he was part of the Kenyan quartet that minted the silver in the 4X400m relay.

David said that Daniel succumbed to a heart attack at 11pm having spent his last few days in hospital. He has been suffering from diabetes for a long time.

On Tuesday, David shared photos of his ailing father lying in hospital bed with the touching message, ‘God is faithful’ on Twitter that followed another post, “Me and my ailing father…wish him quick recovery. Long live my dad.”

Beijing 2008 Olympics champion and three-time world 1500m titleholder, Asbel Kiprop, who is currently suspended from competition as investigations on doping violation charges that surfaced last year continue, was among the first to send in his tributes.

Daniel, born in Kilgoris, Rift Valley Province, won the 1968 silver medal with his teammates Munyoro Nyamau, Naftali Bon and Charles Asati in 2:59.6. At the Mexico Summer Games, he competed in the 400m finishing sixth in his heat.

As a coach, he has trained many top class Kenyan athletes, including Billy Konchellah, who won the 800m at the World Athletics Championships in 1987.

Source: Sportpesa News

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