Benjamin Waburu Jipcho

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Benjamin Waburu Jipcho

Kakamega, Kenya
Death 24 Jul 2020 (aged 77)
Eldoret, Uasin Gishu, Kenya
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Interred at his home in Kisawai village in Trans Nzoia County, Kenya, Africa
Memorial ID 213790920 · View Source
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Kenyan Olympian. Benjamin Wabura Jipcho was a track and field athlete from Kenya, who won the silver medal in the 3000 meters steeplechase at the 1972 Summer Olympics, behind his gold medal garnering teammate Kipchoge Keino. Jipcho won the 5000 meters race in the 1973 All-Africa Games. He also won the gold medal in the 5000 meters and 3000 meters steeplechase, and the bronze medal in the 1500 meters at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. Jipcho may be as well known for his role in Keino's victory over Jim Ryun in the high altitude 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City as for his own athletic accomplishments. Sacrificing his own chances for a medal to team tactics, he pulled Keino through a 56-second first 400 meters, before being passed by his teammate with 800 meters to go and drifting back into the pack. By that point, Keino had established a lead of 20 meters or more, which Ryun's famous finishing speed could not erase. Jipcho later apologized to Ryun for acting as Keino's rabbit. He was later quoted: "Running for money doesn't make you run fast. It makes you run first." His granddaughter Esther Chemutai is also a runner, while he was a distant uncle to the siblings Linet Masai and Moses Masai. He won the silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the 1970 Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh, Scotland, finishing in front of fellow Kenyan competitor and the winner of the Gold Medal in the event at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Amos Biwott, who this time collected bronze.

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  • Added: 25 Jul 2020
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Waburu Jipcho (1 Mar 1943–24 Jul 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 213790920, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Interred at his home in Kisawai village in Trans Nzoia County, Kenya, Africa.