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R.I.P. – KENYAN OLYMPIC Marathon Champion SAMMY WANJIRU Plunged To Death After His Wife Finds Him In Bed With Another Woman!

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Hey Y’all!


This is so sad on soooooo many levels!

First of all, our thoughts and prayers go out to Sammy Wanjira‘s wife, Triza Njeri and family on his tragic passing away. This situation could have been avoided as there were clearly issues with this married couple. My heart breaks because of Sammy Wanjira‘s visibility as a prominent first-class athlete. Sammy was the first Kenyan to win a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics marathon. Not only that, Sammy finished the marathon in an Olympic-record two hours six minutes 32 seconds! Surely someone could have intervened and helped the couple through their marital challenges.

I totally condemn Sammy Wanjira‘s past reported violent acts against the wife, Triza Njeri. I am angered and unsettled by the violent acts some of our African women, girls, wives, girlfriends suffer at the hands of their significant others. Be it physical, emotional, mental. It must cease.

R.I.P – Sammy Wanjiru


According to The Sun:

The 24-year-old, who won the 2009 London Marathon, took gold in Beijing in an Olympic record time and was planning to defend his title at London 2012.

But he suffered internal injuries after falling from a first-floor balcony at his flat in Kenya’s Rift Valley yesterday.

Wanjiru, regarded as one of the world’s great distance talents, was pronounced dead in hospital after attempts to revive him failed.

Police are still investigating whether the fall was suicide or an accident.

But local police chief Jasper Ombati said the athlete’s wife, Triza Njeri, had come home late last night to find him in bed with another woman. She then locked them in the bedroom and ran outside.

He said: “In a rage Samuel Wanjiru jumped from the first floor of the house and he was badly injured. When he was rushed to the hospital the doctors tried to resusciate him but unfortunately he died.

“We do not suspect foul play. In our estimation we think he wanted to stop his wife from leaving the compound.”

Wanjiru had a history of domestic problems. In December, he was charged with threatening to kill his wife, Triza Njeri and the illegal possession of an AK-47 rifle – forcing him to pull out of last month’s London Marathon.

Mrs Njeri subsequently withdrew her accusations, saying they had reconciled.

But Wanjiru was due to appear before a court next Monday on the charge of illegal possession of a firearm. Neighbours also claimed yesterday that he had taken to drinking heavily and was stressed by personal problems.

Ethiopian distance running great Haile Gebrselassie, who competed over 10k in Manchester on Sunday, said: “I’m totally shocked by the news. My thoughts are with his family and all his friends and colleagues.”

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wanjiru became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in the marathon, finishing in an Olympic-record two hours six minutes 32 seconds. He had planned to defend his title at London 2012 next year.

Jos Hermens, the manager of Gebrselassie and one of the most respected long-distance experts in the field, said Wanjiru had struggled to cope with his new-found fame and wealth.

He said: “It is incredibly sad. An Olympic champion at 21, he was poised to become the world-record holder in the marathon. He could not deal with all the luxury. It all went too fast, too much money.”

As well as becoming the youngest Olympic champion since 1932, Wanjiru also set marathon course records in London and Chicago.

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Wanjiru’s death was a big blow to Kenya’s dreams of Olympic gold at London 2012.

He said: “Wanjiru’s death is not only a loss to his family and friends but to Kenya as a whole and the entire world athletics fraternity.

“As an athletics nation, we looked forward to a sterling performance in the Olympic Games in London next year. Mr Wanjiru was one of our sure bets for gold in the upcoming contest. His death is therefore a big blow to our dreams.”

Britain’s Mo Farah, who has enjoyed several bouts of training in Kenya, also paid tribute to Wanjiru.

Double European champion Farah wrote on his Twitter page: “So sad to hear about Sammy Wanjiru. He was a legend and still so young.”

American marathon runner Ryan Hall posted on Twitter: “Incredibly sad news about Sammy. I am shocked and saddened.”






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