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Lin Lin
May 16th, 2011, 05:40 AM
(Reuters) - Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru was killed when he jumped off the balcony of his home late on Sunday, police said on Monday.

Police said they were trying to ascertain whether the 24-year-old -- the first Kenyan to win the Olympic gold in the marathon at Beijing in 2008 -- had deliberately killed himself by jumping off the balcony at his home in Nyahururu, a town in the Rift Valley, some 150 km (94 miles) northwest of the capital Nairobi.

Jaspher Ombati, the regional police chief for the area, said Wanjiru appeared to have suffered internal injuries after the fall and was confirmed dead by doctors at a nearby hospital.

"I can confirm that Wanjiru is dead. It is not yet clear whether it was a suicide or if he jumped out of rage, or what caused him to fall to the ground," Ombati told Reuters.

"He jumped from his first floor balcony to the ground. He was bleeding from the nose and the mouth, and may have suffered internal injuries," the police chief said.

Ombati said police were investigating a possible love triangle that could have been behind the death of Wanjiru, a former winner of the Chicago and London marathons.

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AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementOmbati said the athlete's wife Triza Njeri had come home to find Wanjiru in bed with another woman, had locked the couple in the bedroom and ran outside.

Wanjiru then leapt from the balcony, he said.

Ombati said Njeri and Wanjiru's female companion are assisting police in investigating the death.

Last December, Wanjiru was charged in court with threatening to kill Njeri and illegal possession of an AK-47 assault rifle.

Njeri later withdrew her accusation of attempted murder against him in court, saying the couple had reconciled.

He also suffered minor injuries from a car crash in January when he swerved to avoid an oncoming truck, hit a pot hole and rolled his car.

Wanjiru defied the heat of Beijing in 2008 to triumph in an Olympic record time at the games held in China.

As a young man, Wanjiru moved to Japan in 2002 to attend high school after winning a cross country selection trial in Kenya.

(Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

King Halep
May 16th, 2011, 06:46 AM
oh you kids

Mistress of Evil
May 16th, 2011, 06:55 AM
RIP :shrug: but I cant understand why ppl do not commit suicide the civilized way aka take the pills and get it over with.

Crazy Canuck
May 16th, 2011, 07:36 AM
RIP :shrug: but I cant understand why ppl do not commit suicide the civilized way aka take the pills and get it over with.
Pills can fail. So can jumping off of a building, but it's less likely.

May 16th, 2011, 11:57 AM
how can you die jumping from a first floor?:confused:

May 16th, 2011, 11:58 AM
how can you die jumping from a first floor?:confused:

By jumping on your head :shrug:

May 16th, 2011, 03:19 PM
By jumping on your head :shrug:

How can you jump on your head?

May 16th, 2011, 03:24 PM
How can you jump on your head?

Head first?

Mistress of Evil
May 16th, 2011, 03:45 PM
Pills can fail. So can jumping off of a building, but it's less likely.

yeah, well there is always a second chance to go for it :shrug: plus its not that much of a task to commit suicide if you fail then you really deserve to live

Lin Lin
May 17th, 2011, 12:08 AM
OMG,you guys are too bad:o

Lin Lin
May 17th, 2011, 12:53 AM
NAIROBI : Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya died overnight at the age of 24 after falling from the second floor of his home in the town of Nyahururu, police said on Monday.

"He fell from the balcony of his home after a row with his wife. We found him lying on the verandah with a broken skull," a police officer in the region, Jasper Ombati, said.

He added that police were investigation whether Wanjiru had committed suicide or whether he had jumped from the balcony and died accidentally.

Wanjiru made history at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when his winning time of 2 hours 6 minutes 32 seconds destroyed the 24-year-old Olympic record of 2:09:21 set in 1984 by Carlos Lopes of Portugal. It gave Kenya its first Olympic marathon gold.

After Beijing, Wanjiru won the London marathon in 2009 and Chicago in 2009 and 2010.

Wanjiru started his running career young, leaving for Japan in his mid-teens after winning a scholarship for Sendai High School. He became immensely popular in what was for a while his country of adoption.

Over the past several months however, Wanjiru, who leaves behind one daughter, appeared to have entered a downhill spiral, making headlines more for his marital problems and court appearances than for his sporting achievements.

He was involved in a serious car crash in January and was scheduled to re-appear before a Nyahururu court next Monday, accused of being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

He had earlier been charged with threatening to kill his wife but she subsequently withdrew the charges.

"The theory we are getting from his wife and a watchman is that he came home drunk from the bar and he was accompanied by a woman. When his wife asked why he came home with a woman, an argument ensued, and that is when he fell off the balcony and died," police officer Ombati said.

"He was pronounced dead at the Nyahururu district hospital," he added.

"There is also another theory that during the argument, the wife ran away from their bedroom and her husband ran after her, she locked the stair-case door prompting Wanjiru to look for an alternative way out ... and that is when he jumped off the balcony to the ground and died," he said.

"These are the two theories we are investigating, we cannot conclusively say he committed suicide, or that he jumped down and died accidentally.

"All these are conclusions we will make once the investigation is completed.

"For now we are going on with the investigation, Wanjiru?s wife has recorded a statement with us and their watchman as well. The woman Wanjiru went home with is at the station with us, assisting detectives with the investigation."

In the history of Olympic marathon running, Wanjiru at 21 ranks as the second-youngest winner ever, after the Argentine Juan Carlos Zabala who won at the age of 20 in Los Angeles in 1932.


Mary Cherry.
May 17th, 2011, 01:26 AM
How can you jump on your head?

Head first?

I shouldn't laugh but :spit:

May 18th, 2011, 01:29 AM
The title is a little silly, a love triangle doesn't kill you. lol

May 18th, 2011, 12:26 PM
The plot thickens;

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000035321&cid=4&ttl=Wanjiru%27s%20mother%20claims%20son%20was%20mu rdered%20in%20bedroom

The mysterious death of Olympic champion Samuel Wanjiru took a new twist on Tuesday with the mother reading foul play in the issue.

Mrs Ann Wanjiru alleged that her son was killed in his bedroom and his body dumped on the ground to conceal evidence.

She claimed that the death was as a result of his family problems and people who want a share in the son's property.

She denied claims that Wanjiru was found with another woman in his home.

Lin Lin
May 19th, 2011, 12:55 AM

I am really interesting in this now with this new development:unsure:

May 19th, 2011, 01:14 AM
Are we really supposed to feel sorry for this guy? He sounds like a dick, that doesn't mean he deserved to die, but he sounds like an awful person.