Kenyan athlete Hosea Mwok Macharinyang was found dead at his home in West Pokot. According to reports his body was discovered in his Morkwijit home with a rope around his neck.
Macharinyang died aged 35. He won three consecutive team titles for the country at the World Cross Country Championships between 2004 to 2008.
Earlier on in the day before his death on Saturday, Macharinyang was seen herding his animals. Besides being a farmer, he also owned a hardware shop that his wife helps him run.
He has died less than a year after he started training. His body was moved to the Kapenguria County Referral hospital morgue.
Athletics Kenya (AK) North Rift public relations officer, Boniface Tiren, said the county has lost one of its most talented sportspersons who had a bright future ahead of him.
“It is a sad affair, losing such a young person in such a bad way. He was a young man that the country and locals could look upon in terms of athletics career,” Tiren said.
He added: "As a region, we have lost a young and intelligent man who could steer his county, that is coming up in sports to a greater height.”
Here are some details about who Macharinyang was.
- He was born 12 June 1986
- He excelled as a Kenyan professional runner who specializes in the 10,000 metres and cross-country running.
- He won three consecutive team titles with Kenya at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships from 2006 to 2008.
- Macharinyang first began running while traveling to and from school.
- An Achilles tendon injury in the middle of 2008 interrupted his career and after five straight international selections for the World Cross Country Championships, he missed the 2009 edition.
- He returned to fitness in November 2009 and was the winner of the Tuskys Wareng Cross Country and went ahead to win at other prestigious races as well.