Athletics family mourns Rono

Athletics family is mourning the death of former Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase bronze medalist Kiprotich Rono is dead.

According to his brother Marius Rono, the 1978 Commonwealth 3000m steeplechase bronze died from diabetes and hypertension

Rono said Kiprotich died at about 4.30pm on Tuesday after a long battle with diabetes and high blood pressure.

“My brother has been unwell for the last three years and it worsened on Tuesday. He was rushed to St Luke’s Orthopaedic and Trauma Hospital in Eldoret and died on arrival,” Marius said. “He will be buried on Thursday next week.”

Rono won gold at the 1979 African Championships. He was a bronze at both the Commonwealth Games and All Africa Games in 1978. He represented Kenya at the 1983 World Championships.

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