JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia has lost one of its sports greats, track and field star Eduardus ‘Edu’ Nabunone who passed away in Jakarta on Monday evening, October 12. He was 52.
“Coach Edu died at the Harapan Kita Heart Hospital,” said Kurniasih Budi, a parent of one of Edu’s proteges in the Eduard Athletic Club, a running club he founded to develop young Indonesian track and field talent.
“[His passing] occurred a day after he [was hospitalized] for suffering a heart attack during practice at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex.”
Born in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara on April 12, 1968, Edu was best known for his feats in the marathon, 10,000 meter and 5000-meter races in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. They include three gold medals at the 1987, 1989 and 1991 SEA Games.
He also won the gold medal for the 5,000-meter race at the 1987 and 1989 SEA Games and competed at the event in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.
Edu is just as accomplished at the national level, as he won the marathon during the 1993 National Sports Week championship with a record time of 2 hours 19 minutes 18 seconds. He also won the 10K race with a record time of 29 minutes 25 seconds.
Both are among the five records in his career that still stand. In all, Edu notched 14 records during his career, nine of which have already been broken. Edu is survived by his wife Marcelina Ina N Piran and six children.
(Writer/Editor: Josephus Primus)
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