Talented young steeplechaser died of bronchopneumonia
A post mortem has confirmed the cause of Albert Yator’s death. Yator, the 17-year-old Kenyan steeplechaser who passed away last weekend, died from “pulmonary failure due to bronchopneumonia”.
The post mortem was carried out by pathologist Dr David K Chumba at Eldoret Hospital. Yator was admitted there last week after it was believed he was suffering from malaria, but his condition soon deteriorated. Bronchopneumonia is a type of pneumonia whereby the walls of the bronchioles become acutely inflamed.
Yator ran 8:33.55 to win world junior silver last year behind team-mate Jonathan Ndiku. Yator later improved his PB at the Brussels Diamond League meeting to 8:23.69 – the fastest time by a youth athlete in 2010.
Yator’s funeral will be held tomorrow at his family home in Iten.