NAIROBI, July 25- Renowned Athletes’ Representative, Zane Edward Branson, passed away Saturday morning in Iten after collapsing during a morning run.
The Czech Republic based International Athletes’ Consultancy (IAC) manager was in a group of his clients before he suddenly fell ill and died moments later.
Branson represented among others, former world marathon record holder, Patrick Makau, two-time World Cross Country Championships senior women winner, Emily Chebet and Wilson Chebet, the 2014 Boston Marathon runner-up.
Others include 2012 Africa Cross Country Championships gold medallist and road racer, Joyce Chepkirui and masters’ marathon record holder, Kenneth Mungara, 41, who has won two races this year.
“Yes, it has happened,” Wilson Chebet told Capital Sport on phone from Eldoret as his athletes and others gathered to mourn the fallen manager.
Tributes poured in on his Facebook page with friends and clients posting messages of condolences to his family and colleagues.
“Am here to send my sincere condolence to the family of my manager, friend Zane Branson who passed on this morning at Iten camp. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Victor Kigen, the 2009 Beograd Marathon winner stated.
“Athletics family mourning the sudden death of International Athletics Consultancy Manager Zane Branson who passed away in Iten this morning during his morning run. We’ve lost a great athletes manager,” Peter Kiptoo eulogised.
IAC CLIENTS LIST
Patrick Makau, Emily Chebet, Joyce Chepkirui, Wilson Chebet, Polat Kemboi Arikan, Tadelech Bekele, Adugna Takele, Betelhem Moges, Eliud Kiptanui, Clement Langat, Peter Kirui, Bekana Daba Tolesa, Ashete Bekere, Nicholas Kemboi, Tebalu Zawude, David Kemboi, Deribe Robi, Nicholas Kipkemboi, Bacha Chikuala Megersa, Isabella Ochichi, Tadesse Abraham, Aberu Mekuria, Fantu Eticha Jimma, Halima Hussen Kayo, Willy Kibor, Henry Chirchir, Milton Rotich, Hillary Kipchumba, Daniel Chebii, Henry Kiplagat, Julius Arile, Girma Assefa Reta, Lishan Dula Gemgchu, Kenneth Mungara, Josphat Kamzee, Julius Korir, Boniface Kirui, Nicholas Chelimo, Beatrice Toroitich, Nicholas Manza
RunCzech Racing athletes:
Nicholas Bor, Festus Talam, Lucy Liavoga, Hillary Yego, Reuben Maiyo, Gladys Jemaiyo, Raymond Kemboi, Josphat Kiptis, Julius Tanki, Eunice Chumba, Amos Kiprotich, Ayelu Lemma Gede, Million Feyssa, Fikre Assefa Robi, Getachew Girma Abayu, Atalay Yirsaw Tegegne
Erick Kibet, Birhanu Bekele Berga, Mamiyo Nuguse, Zeytuna Arba Mude, Abebu Gelan, Dejene Faye Tiki and Aynalem Woldewariyat Woldemichael