World junior silver medallist Albert Yator, 17, passes away

Young Kenyan steeplechaser dies just weeks after last race

Posted on February 7, 2011 by
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Albert Yator (Victah Sailer)

Kenyan runner Albert Yator, the world junior silver medallist in the steeplechase, passed away last weekend at a hospital in Eldoret after falling ill with malaria.

Yator, who was just 17 years old and still at school, raced as recently as January 8, where he finished sixth in a cross-country race in Iten. But shortly afterwards he started to feel ill.

A week ago he was admitted to hospital, where his conditioned deteriorated. Although he was believed to be suffering from malaria, it is not yet known whether that was the cause of death, or if there was another underlying condition.

“We were completely shocked to hear this on Saturday,” said his agent Ricky Simms of Pace Sports Management. “I believe the hospital is doing a post mortem to find out the cause of death.”

2000 Olympic champion Noah Ngeny, also a representative of Pace, added: “We have lost a talented runner and our thoughts and prayers are with family.”

Yator ran 8:33.55 to win silver in Moncton 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.

8 Responses to “World junior silver medallist Albert Yator, 17, passes away”

  1. Roppon says:

    Rest in peace. So young and gifted.

  2. Betsy says:

    Iam so sorry may his soul rest in peace,we love you but God loves you most.

  3. Rest in peace says:

    i swapped shorts with this kid at world juniors last year after I watched him win silver in the steeple.


  4. Erick Korir says:

    May God rest his soul in peace till we meet again.For the family and friends wish you a comfort moment from Almighty through this grieving moments.

  5. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
    May looking back in memory help comfort you all tomorrow.
    With Sincerest Sympathy

  6. Titus tanui says:

    It is shocking to lost a great athlete and friend like you.We love you very much but God love you most.May God rest your soul in peace.

  7. Ellis Tarus says:

    i dont kno you personally but ive been moved by your story and i watch you racing Diamond league you ware such a great athlete and you will always remembared.. youve gone too young too soon… RIP yator.

  8. Native Son says:

    Very sad!

    With the rest of the world coming up in the steeplechase discipline-and especially Uganda, Ethiopia and France, It is very sad to lose such great talent.

    the guy is lanky, long legs that can huddle, great poise and posture. I did watch him and Caleb Ndiku run away from Uganda's Jacob Araptany at Moncton Canada World Youth in an elegant manner.

    Great loss!

    What can I say!

    Rest in peace brother. Thii na wega.

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