American 1968 Olympic Champion, Lee Evans Buried In Nigeria In Line With His Wishes

Veteran American athletic coach and 1968 Olympic 400m champion, Lee Evans has been laid to relaxation in a tomb at a personal cemetery of the Segun Odegbami International College and Sport Academy, in Ogun state.

The former world document holder of 400m occasion was buried on Thursday, in accordance along with his needs earlier than he died.

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It was gathered that the burial website was chosen in line with the desires of the late coach with the assistance of his households.

Evans labored with many Nigerians athletes whom he helped to achieve stardom. 

The selection of burial website it was gathered was in accordance with the late coach’s needs, and with the assist of the siblings and youngsters of the deceased.

Evans handed on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Records have it that Evans, who died at age 74 years, amongst many different achievemens, was the primary man to run underneath 44 seconds within the 400 metres occasion incomes him the Gold medal on the Mexico City Olympic Games in a time of 43.86s.

Also, his two world data in his chosen sport, earned him an induction into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1983.

While he had labored on grassroots sports activities improvement throughout Nigeria in varied capacities at totally different occasions; Evans’ final ongoing mission within the nation was with soccer legend, Segun Odegbami, Premium Times studies.

Odegbami in one among his tributes to Evans mentioned: “His (Evans) previous couple of months on earth had been spent dreaming huge a couple of future with younger girls and boys passing via the Segun Odegbami International College and Sports Academy, SOCA, and educating and coaching them to be first-class student-athletes.

Evans suffered a stroke in Nigeria shortly earlier than his demise and was unconscious in a hospital, in line with the San Jose Mercury News.

Evans was 21 when he gained the 400m on the Mexico City Games in 43.86 seconds, the primary time anyone broke 44 within the occasion.

He was a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights and one of many athletes to battle for racial justice earlier than and through these Games.

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