Athletics Kenya president Jack Tuwei led Kenyan athletics lovers in mourning the passing on of former Olympian Thomas Saisi who passed on today in aged 75.
Saisi was part of a Kenyan male quartet, which clinched gold in the 4×400 yards (now 4x400m relay) at the 1972 Olympics in Munich where they clocked 2.59.83.
He competed alongside Naftali Bon, Hezekiah Nyamau and Robert Ouko, the Kenyans finished ahead of the English quartet of Alan Pascoe, David Jenkins, Dave Hemery and Martin Reynolds (3.00.46) and the French team of Gilles Bertould, Francis Kerbiriou, Jacques Carette and Daniel Velasques (3.00.65) in second and third place respectively.
“I would like to send my sincere condolences to the family as they come to terms with the loss of their loved one. Saisi is one of the athletes who ran for this country for the love of the game and contributed immensely by setting the foundation for the sport in this country. His place in our athletics history as a trailblazer remains etched, thanks to the many other athletes who followed in his footsteps and looked to him as a source of inspiration for their athletics careers,” Tuwei said.
Saisi’s international competed at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City where he finished seventh in the 800m, timing 1.47.59.