Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold-medal winner, Naftali Temu, has announced that he is retiring from international running.
GV PAN Temu (on right) taking soldiers for a run
SV ZOOM INTO CU sign Kenya Military Training College
MV Hands linked in exercise
SV & MVs Temu leading exercises vaulting horse, handsprings & head-springs(2 shots)
MV ZOOM INTO CU Temu takes sprint
CU Sign Military College
CU Temu speaking.
SOF IN: "My greatest...."
SOF OUT:"....soil track".
NAFTALI: "My greatest moment was in 1968 when I won the first Kenya gold medal.
REPORTER: "Why are you retiring from international athletes?
NAFTALI: "I am retiring because I want to coach youngsters so that they represent our country.
REPORTER: Are you leaving athletics altogether?
NAFTALI: "I am just trying to retire from international track but not Kenya soil track".
Naftali training soldiers; Naftali interviewed.
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Background: Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold-medal winner, Naftali Temu, has announced that he is retiring from international running. He announced his retirement from the Kenya Military Training Centre at Lanst outside Nekuru where he is a army sergeant in charge of physical training.
In the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Naftali won a gold medal for the ten thousand metres and a bronze medal in the five thousand metres. In the 1966 Commonwealth games in Kingston, Jamaica, he won a gold and a bronze.
Naftali's athletic career started in 1960 and in the same year he represented Kenya in international meetings. In the Munich Olympics this year, he injured his right leg. Although he has retired from international athletics, Naftali will continue competing for his club in races within Kenya. He is 27 years old.
He plans to further his career as a coach, concentrating on younger Kenyan athletes.