With little more than a week to go until the 35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Mombasa, Kenya, 24 March 2007 we take a glimpse back in history to remember one of the all-time greats of the discipline. Brilliant, controversial, and certainly interesting, the career of John Ngugi is now re-told by Kenyan journalist Omulo Okoth.
Five IAAF World Cross Country titles and an Olympic 5000m gold medal marked out John Ngugi as the greatest distance runner of his generation.
Yet less well known than his global race record is the story of how the Kenyan team once threatened to go on strike if Ngugi was included in the team. Or how Domingos Castro taunted him in the warm-up area before the start of one of the Kenyan's finest track performances.