Kenyan athletics legend Benjamin Jipcho dies

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The 1972 3000m steeplechase Olympics silver medallist and multiple Commonwealth champion Benjamin Jipcho has died. He has been ailing from prostate cancer, has died aged 77.

Athletics Kenya (AK) Western region chairman Patrick Kipsang confirmed had died on the dawn of Friday at a hospital in Eldoret.

He sacrificed his own chances for a medal to team tactics, he pulled Keino through a 56-second first 400 meters, before being passed by his teammate with 800 meters to go and drifting back into the pack. By that point, Keino had established a lead of 20 meters or more, which Ryun’s famous finishing speed could not erase.

The National Olympic Committee (NOCK) has also mourned the death of the legendary athlete.

“We at NOC-K are saddened by the demise of our legendary 3000m steeplechase Champion Benjamin Wabura “Ben” Jipcho. Jipcho native of Mt Elgon won the silver medal in the 3000 meters steeplechase at the 1972 Summer Olympics, behind his teammate Kipchoge Keino,” read a statement from NOC-K

Jipcho passed on early Friday morning at the Fountain Hospital in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County where he had been admitted for the last three days.

According to his daughter Ruth Jipcho, the legendary athlete died at 3am on Friday morning at the hospital where he was at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).