I was working the medical tent at Peachtree that day. it was unseasonably cool. Heard a roar from the park and wonder "what the heck?" since it did seem like anyone could be at the park that fast. Yet, he had.
According to news reports Joseph Kimani, who set a world road best at the '96 Peachtree and who atill holds the Boilermaker 15k course record at 42:40 from the same year died Nov 1st in Kenya from pneumonia. One of the most fluid running forms I've ever seen. He made his 42:40 look like a walk in the park.
According to the NCAA program, that would be equivalent to a 26:54.58 in Boulder if a college athlete ran it.
Kimani fan wrote:
Hell he ran 27:52 on a cool day at Bolder Boulder 10K at altitude in 1995. That is a hilly course and the best road 10K mark ever, altitude converted. Better than his Peachtree mark.
A 27:04 on a net downhill course in a drizzle (the high and low temps alone that day don't accurately describe the conditions for the race itself that day; at 7 a.m. do you think it was closer to 61 or to 97 degrees?) is better than a 27:52 at over a mile above sea level on a rolling course that gains about 75' from start to finish? Maybe if Kimani had been wearing chain mail.
I'd argue a 27:04 in Atlanta on July 4th is better. I looked it up - the low that day was 61 and high was 97.
My thoughts exactly. Incredible rates of HIV in both sexes. PCP or TB could have been the cause.
Bobbi C wrote:
Honestly curious... Early 40s death of Pneumonia & Kenyan - could it have been HIV/AIDS related. Many don't believe in safe-relations and promiscuity is extremely high. I've often wondered if some of the great ones that disappeared off the map had ever become viral and succumbed.
It is a shame regardless.
Thank you for that explanation.
I would bet that 50% of successful Kenyan male athletes die in their 40s for a variety of reasons, but the first one that comes to mind is the fact that a lot of them become unhealthy and heavy drinkers once the retire. Most of these guys don't run another step that does not involve a paycheck.