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Kenya victorious in Indian Ocean Games.
The 33-man Kenya athletics team swept the board, winning eleven events and coming second in three others at the Indian Ocean Games held at Tananarive, Madagascar, on Saturday. Kenya's team of Europeans, Asians and Africans gained 69 points out of a possible 85 in competition with Madagascar, Mauritius and Mozambique teams.
The organisation of the games was haphazard. Kenya's entrant in the 3,000 metres, Nyandika was not called to the start and heard the gun go while standing by in track suit and gym shoes. Peeling off his clothes as he ran, the African lost 100 yards at the start but scorched round the track to beat everybody by fifty yards.
The Kenya team now look forward to competing in the British Empire games in Canada in 1954 and perhaps the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956.
For more about Nyandika : http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/Pioneer-champion-who-ran-barefoot-/-/960656/1009338/-/t6i6hu/-/index.html