President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the athletics fraternity, friends and family of legendary Kenyan athlete Ben Jipcho who passed away today at an Eldoret hospital.
The President eulogised the 1972 Munich Olympics 3000m steeplechase silver medalist as a pioneer athlete who helped cement Kenya’s profile on the international stage as a top athletics nation.
The Head of State wished the family of the highly decorated Kenyan athlete and national hero God’s comfort and peace during this difficult period of mourning.
For his part Deputy President William Ruto described Jipcho as a humble, courageous and tireless star and one of the Kenya’s athletics powerhouses.
“We are heartbroken by the passing of a champion and one of Kenya’s athletics powerhouses, Ben Webura Jipcho,” tweeted the DP.
“Jipcho was a humble, courageous and tireless star who won silver medals in the 3,000 metres steeplechase at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and 3,000 metres steeplechase at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
“Our sincere condolences to the Jipchos, friends and the athletics fraternity. Rest In Peace.”
Jipcho won the 5000 metres race in the 1973 All-Africa Games. He also won the gold medal in the 5000 m and 3000 m steeplechase, and the bronze medal in the 1500 meters at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand.
He also won the silver medal at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games 1970 in the 3000m steeplechase, finishing in front of Mexico Gold Medallist Amos Biwot, who collected bronze.