Daniel Rudisha
Daniel Rudisha, David Rudisha's father

David Rudisha’s father, Daniel Rudisha, died on Thursday. An image has emerged showing the Rudisha Senior with the first president of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Other athletes in the photo are Kipchoge Keino, Charles Asati, Naftali Temu and Robert Ouko.

Daniel Rudisha, with President Jomo Kenyatta, I can also see Charles Asati, Naftali Temu and Kipchoge Keino
Mama Ngina Kenyatta, Kipchoge Keino, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Rudisha and Robert Ouko after the 1972 Olympics. /COURTESY/ LIFE magazine

Rudisha alongside Hezekiah Nyamao, Charles Asati and Naftali placed Kenya firmly on the global athletics map in 1968 when they struck silver in the 4×400 metres relay at the Mexico Olympic Games.

Daniel Rudisha
Daniel Rudisha. /COURTESY/ LIFE magazine

That firm foundation they laid led to Asati and Nyamao teaming up with Robert Ouko and Julius Sang four years later in Munich to elevate the title to gold, Kenya’s and Africa’s only Olympic gold medal ever in the 4x400m relay.

Daniel Rudisha
Daniel Rudisha. /COURTESY

He is among the first lot of athletes who represented the country, not for monetary gains but for the love of the game.

His love for athletics inspired one of his sons, David, to take up athletics and he is currently the world 800m record holder and two-time Olympic champion.

David Rudisha
David Rudisha. /COURTESY

He also inspired the Konchella brothers – Billy and Patrick – to continue with the athletics legacy in Kilgoris with the former winning two 800m world titles.

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