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Celebrated Kenyan athlete found dead in his home

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  • The firstborn in a family of six, Macharinyang attended Kaprong Primary School where he caught the athletics bug by running to and from his place of education.

Kenyan long-distance runner Hosea Mwok Macharinyang was on Saturday evening found dead in his house.

The lifeless body of the athlete was found at his home in Murkwijit, West Pokot, this coming barely a year after resuming training after missing in action since 2012.

Macharinyang, 35, consistently represented Kenya in World Cross Country since 2004. He won three consecutive titles from 2006 to 2008.

Unfortunately, the soft-spoken diminutive athlete suffered an Achilles tendon injury from May 2008 that stopped a remarkable record.

The firstborn in a family of six, Macharinyang attended Kaprong Primary School where he caught the athletics bug by running to and from his place of education.

“I used to run on my way to school and back and this helped me train,” he said in a previous interview.

He joined Kapcherop Mixed Secondary School but dropped out in form three in 2006 to concentrate on his budding career.

Tributes pour for Macharinyang

North Rift AK regional chairman Jackson Pkemoi describes the fallen athlete as hardworking. Macharinyang had set up a thriving hardware shop and had also engaged in livestock farming in Murkwijit near Kapenguria town.

“He had started training again in preparation for competition. He was preparing for a major comeback. As AK officials, we celebrate his achievements,” says Pkemoi.

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