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Naftali Temu

Full name: Nabiba Naftali Temu
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: April 20, 1945 in Sotik, Kericho, Kenya
Died: March 10, 2003 in Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Naftali Temu made his international début at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, where he was 49th in the marathon. Temu’s big breakthrough came at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, where he defeated world record holder [Ron Clarke] in the 6-miles to win gold. At the 1968 Olympics, in the 10K final, only Ethiopian [Mamo Wolde] could follow Temu’s pace in the thin air of Mexico City. Wolde took the lead at the bell, but Temu passed him on the final straight to win the gold. Four days later, Temu took bronze in the 5,000. Three days later, Temu also ran the Olympic marathon, where he again had a great battle with Wolde, but the latter broke free just after the 30 km mark, and an exhausted Temu struggled home in 19th place. Temu had little success in the final few years of his athletics career. He retired from sports in 1973 and later ran a farm in North Mugirango.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 13:36.6 (1971); 10000 – 28:21.8 (1971); Mar – unknown.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Kenya KEN AC DNF
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics Men's Marathon Kenya KEN 49
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Kenya KEN 3 Bronze
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Kenya KEN 1 Gold
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Marathon Kenya KEN 19
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Kenya KEN 12 h1 r1/2

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics Kenya Final 3 14:06.4 14:06.41
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics Kenya Round One Heat Two 1 QU 14:20.4 14:20.38

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics Kenya Final Standings AC DNF
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics Kenya Final Standings 1 29:27.4 29:27.40
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Kenya Round One Heat One 12 30:19,6

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics Kenya Final Standings 49 2-40:46.6
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics Kenya Final Standings 19 2-32:36.0
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