• Short Summary

    IN THE KENYA ARMY THEY COME NO FASTER THAN PLATOON SERGEANT WILSON KIPRUGUT CHUMA, EAST AFRICA'S OUTSTANDING MIDDLE-DISTANCE RUNNER.

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    KIPRUGUT AND A COLLEAGUE EXERCISING IN NAIROBI UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THEIR COACH, JOHN VELZIAN; TRACK RUNNING (KIPRUGUT IS IN THE DARKER SHORTS); AND CHASING OSTRICHES THROUGH NAIROBI'S NATIONAL GAME PARK.




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    Background: IN THE KENYA ARMY THEY COME NO FASTER THAN PLATOON SERGEANT WILSON KIPRUGUT CHUMA, EAST AFRICA'S OUTSTANDING MIDDLE-DISTANCE RUNNER.AT LAST YEAR'S OLYMPIC GAMES IN TOKYO, HE WON A BRONZE MEDAL IN THE 800 METERS, AND A GOLD MEDAL IN THE 400 METRES AT THE RECENT AFRICAN GAMES IN BRAZZAVILLE.BOTH ACHIEVEMENTS WERE THE RESULT OF ARDUOUS OFF-DUTY TRAINING, RANGING FROM EXERCISES TO CHASING OSTRICHES.

    KIPRUGUT, WHO SUPERVISES A TRANSPORT UNIT, SPENDS MANY OF HIS OFF-DUTY HOURS TRAINING AND INSTRUCTING OTHER ATHLETES.ARMY LIFE IS IDEALLY SUITED TO HIS TEMPERAMENT.HIS COACH SAYS THAT SERVICE DISCIPLINE IS OF TREMENDOUS HELP IN TRAINING ATHLETES.

    TO CORRECT A SLIGHTLY SPLAYED FOOT, KIPRUGUT DOES WHAT IS CALLED BELT TRAINING.IN THIS EXERCISES, HE IS HARNESSED BY A BELT TO HIS COACH IN THE STYLE OF A TUG-OF-WAR.

    THE TRAINING PROGRAMMED ALSO INCLUDES "BEND RUNNING" - TO PRACTISE THE TECHNIQUE OF FIGHTING OFF A CHALLENGE AT THE FINAL BEND, WHERE OFTEN A RACE CAN BE WON OR LOST.

    FOR MORE STRENUOUS RUNNING, KIPRUGUT AND HIS COLLEAGUES OFTEN TAKE TO THE HILLS OF THE GAME PARK TRYING TO OUTPACE OSTRICHES.BUT ON THESE OCCASIONS, THE BIRD ALWAYS WINS.

    FOR WILSON KIPRUGUT, A 25-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF TWO, HIS MOST IMMEDIATE AMBITION IS TO WIN A GOLD MEDAL AT NEXT YEAR'S COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN JAMAICA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1J8DORX8F40PLHXWHSB9HGMUD
    Media URN:
    VLVA1J8DORX8F40PLHXWHSB9HGMUD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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