Having completed his NCAA eligibility with the indoor season, Kimani was looking ahead to a professional career and hoped to become a U.S. citizen in time for next year's Olympics.
His agent, Australian James Templeton, wrote the following remembrance, which appears here courtesy of Race Results Weekly, the professional distance running results service providing results from over 1200 events annually, world wide.
REMEMBERING DAVID KIMANI
By James Templeton
NOTE: James Templeton is an athlete's manager who manages Bernard Lagat
amongst others. He had begun to work with David Kimani and wrote the
following tribute --Ed.
It is with much sadness I write of the death on Wednesday 16th of April of
David Murage Kimani. He collapsed and died in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was
eating his lunch, just collapsed in the university canteen and died at the
University hospital an hour later.
I want to write a bit about the David Kimani I knew. A wonderful athlete
who won collegiate titles indoors, outdoors and cross country, he was just
scratching the surface of his potential. He was studying hard, was about to
graduate from the University of Alabama and was excited about the prospects
of a professional running career. David (known to his friends as Kim)
married in September to Chamis and had applied to become a US citizen. We
believed it would come through later this year; certainly in time for him to
compete at the Olympics.
I spoke to him for 30 minutes late on Tuesday night. He had left his mobile
at home and was in the library studying. He called me back at 11:30pm; was
in great spirits; although struggling back again from injury was jogging
again and was excited about getting back on the track. Talks with Adidas
and Nike were at an advanced stage and the security of a good contract was
imminent. Both recognized his potential to do great things as an American
Things were falling nicely into place for Kim and he had much to look
forward to. He had a great relationship with his college coach, Joe Walker;
he had a lovely wife and the imminent security of a good contract.
Certainly, he was excited about the years ahead and the opportunity to do
great things on the track. Joe, Kim and I talked of his potential to run
under 13 minutes for 5,000m; under 27 minutes for 10,000m. We all knew he
could become American record holder at both in the years ahead.
I was fortunate enough to spend some days with David and Chamis in
Tuscaloosa in February. Anyone who knew David knows he was a great
character, full of laughter and joking around. There were a lot of good
times. There was a lot of warmth in his house, it was so nice and
comfortable. He was loved in America and Kenya; he had made good friends in
My thoughts go out to Chamis; to his family in Nairobi who he had proudly
introduced me to at the Nationals last June. They were all so very proud of
him; what he had achieved and what was to come.
It is with much regret and sadness I reflect on a tragic finish to a life of
so much potential. He will be sorely missed.