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Henry Rono apparently needs help. He is wanting to make his way back to Kenya where his family lives, however, apparently does not have the means to do so.
Rono moved to the US 32 years ago. Now at age 66 and not well, wants to go home.
Best known for breaking four world records in a span of 81 days in 1978, he went on to coach as well as author his autobiography.
He told Daily Nation of Kenya, “Yes, I would like the government to help me get back home by getting me a ticket…I can’t afford living in the USA. I’m getting old…Also, Being away from home for over 32 years is too long.”
He is also remembered for competing for Washington State University.
His world records from that two-month span are 13:08.4 in the 5,000-metres, 8:05.04 in the 3,000-metre steeplechase, 27:22.47 in the 10,000-metres and 7:32.1 in the 3,000-metres.
He won the NCAA Championship in the 3,000-metre steeplechase as well as a Commonwealth Games gold medal in Edmonton both in 1978.
Rono became an alcoholic as his athletic career wound down. He is currently working as a security guard in New Mexico.