Today we pay tribute to
Samson Kitur (Legendary Sprinter)
He first appeared on the scene in 1986 as a promising 20 year old. A series of superb performances at local meets prompted the local dailies to proclaim him as the next big thing in Kenyan sprinting. Still he did not qualify for the 4th All Africa games. Ahead of him were a talented crop of top class runners like
David Kitur, John Anzrah and Elkana Nyangau. But the promising Kitur could not be stopped by. The fact that two of his older brothers had left a significant footprint in the Kenya athletics scene
made it even more likely that he would fulfill his promise. And he did not disappoint
By 1991, Kitur had already established himself as the premier one lap runner in Africa. At the 5th All Africa games in Cairo, Egypt, Kitur won the 400m, beating the much fancied Sunday Bada of Nigeria. He also anchored the Kenya team to win gold in the 4 X 400m.