Kobayashi: The man who opened Japan’s doors to Kenyan athletes

Sunichi Kobayashi

Sunichi Kobayashi.

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What you need to know:

  • Kobayashi, a long-distance runner, arrived in Kenya equipped with just a rucksack, seeking adventure
  • Kobayashi died on Saturday and was interred on Tuesday at the Langata Cemetery

  • His family and friends will on Saturday plant 50 trees at the Ngong Forest Botanical Garden in his remembrance.

Kenya has lost one of the most invaluable human beings in sport speak, Sunichi Kobayashi, the jovial Japanese national who mentored Samuel Kamau Wanjiru, the youngest Olympic Games gold medallist for this country.


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