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Jipcho burial dates set

Two time Olympic champion Benjamin Jipcho is set to be buried next Saturday at his Kisawai home in Trans Nzoia County.

According to funeral organizers, the late athletics hero will be laid to rest on 31st July 2020 following his death on Friday in an Eldoret hospital where he was admitted.

The 1968 Olympics 1,500m silver medalist  at his home in Kisawai village in Trans Nzoia County on Friday.

Jipcho, who started his athletics career in the 1960’s, will be remembered as one of the first unofficial pacemakers after sacrificing chances of winning a medal to his compatriot Kipchoge Keino in the 1,500m race during the 1968 Olympics Games a race he eventually finished in 10th position.

In 1970, Jipcho won a silver medal in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Edinburg Commonwealth Games in 1970 before bagging silver medal at the Olympics Games held in Munich in 1972 where he also participated in the 3,000m steeplechase.

In 1973, he participated in the All Africa Games in Lagos, Nigeria where he enrolled for two races, bagging gold medals in the 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase and a bronze medal in the 1,500m race during the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in New Zealand.

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