Sammy Wanjiru died late Sunday, May 15, at his home in Kenya after falling over 13 feet from his balcony. Conflicting reports have emerged, as the incident happened after a domestic dispute with his wife. After coming home with another woman, Wanjiru’s wife locked him and the other woman in the bedroom and left the building.
While a police spokesman called the incident a suicide, the police chief said Wanjiru may have jumped in an attempt to stop his wife from leaving compound. Wanjiru’s agent said training had been going well and that he could “guarantee this was not a suicide at all.”
The 24-year-old was the first Kenyan to win gold in the Olympic marathon, earning the title in 2008 at Beijing. Wanjiru won five of the seven marathons he entered, set a new Olympic marathon record and set the world half-marathon record three times.
-Summary by Tracy Harris