|Birth name||Naftali Temu|
20 April 1945|
|Died||10 March 2003
|Event(s)||5000 meters, 10,000 meters|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||5000 meters: 13:36.6
10,000 meters: 28:21.80
He won 5,000 metres silver medal at the inaugural All-Africa Games in 1965, behind compatriot Kipchoge Keino. He burst onto the international long-distance running scene at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, where he beat the world record holder Ron Clarke to win gold in the six miles. Two days later, Temu finished fourth in the three miles.
At the Mexico Olympics, in the 10,000 metres final, only Mamo Wolde from Ethiopia managed to keep Temu's pace. Wolde went to lead at the bell, but Temu passed him with only 50 metres remaining to win the gold. Four days later, he contested the 5,000 metres final, where he won the bronze medal, only narrowly beaten by Mohammed Gammoudi from Tunisia and fellow countryman Kipchoge Keino. Later, he also contested the Olympic marathon, where he had anohther great battle with Wolde, but the latter broke free just after the 30-kilometre mark, and Temu only managed a 19th-place finish.
Retirement and death
The rest of the Temu's athletics career went downward. He finished nineteenth in the 10,000 metres at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, and was eliminated in the heats of the 10,000 metres at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He retired in 1973.
After his career ended, Temu he ran a farm in North Mugirango, which was a gift from then president Jomo Kenyatta. On 10 March 2003, he died of prostate cancer at the Kenyatta National Hospital, aged 57.
- All-Athletics. "Profile of Naftali Temu".
- Daily Nation, March 11, 2003: Kenya's track hero Temu dies aged 58
- Men Marathon Olympic Games 1964 Tokyo (JPN) - Wednesday 21.10