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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Some new light on Wanjiru's death?

One year after the death of Wanjiru the Dutch journalist Frits Conijn tries to bring light to the Olympic champion’s death. Wanjiru died from head wounds he suffered after falling (or jumping?) from the second-floor balcony of his home in Kenya.

In the introduction manager Jos Hermens writes: “I knew Samuel Wanjiru as someone with a perpetual smile on his face,” and “This story clarifies the tragedy that was hiding behind it.”

Sammy Wanjiru gained international fame with winning some great marathons and running a world record on the half marathon of the Hague (the City Pier City run) but his best achievement was winning the gold medal on the Olympic games in Being.

Conijn had access to members of Wanjiru’s inner circle and found evidence of a cover-up. The Dutch title translates into “Dead runner: The tragic end of Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru.” (Doodloper – Het tragische einde van Olympisch marathonkampioen Samuel Wanjiru). 

The book was published on the first-year anniversary of Wanjiru’s passing. An English translation is expected soon.

The video below shows some highlights of his career (in Dutch):

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