The Athletics community of Kenya has confirmed the tragic loss of one of their athletes, Hosea Mwok Macharinyang.
Hosea died at the age of 35. He was a professional runner who specialized in 10,000 metres and cross-country running. He represented his country in five world cross-country championships, of which he won three consecutive team titles between the years 2006 to 2008.
In 2005, Macharinyang won a silver medal during the Africa Junior Championships 10,000m.
In 2007, He also won the Great Edinburgh Run. The following year, Macharinyang debuted in marathon racing at the Stramilano 21km race, finishing seventh overall.
An injury interrupted his career later that year that made him take a career break.
Mr Jackson Pkemoi, Chairman of the North Rift Athletics Kenya confirms that the runner recently started training last year and was preparing for a major come-back. “As Athletics Kenya officials, we celebrate his achievements”, he added.
Athletics Kenya North Rift PRO, Boniface Tiren has described Macharinyang’s death as “a sad affair” for everyone. 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 greater heights”
His body was immediately moved to Kapenguria County Referral Hospital mortuary for due post-mortem.
Sources confirm that investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the death. However, Hosea may have suffered a mental illness according to suspicions.
Family members, relatives, friends, loved ones, colleagues, and the entire Sport’s community remain in shock and continue to mourn the demise of the young sportsman.