World marathoner shares a rare photo of the late Samuel Wanjiru

Two times world champion in the marathon, Olympic silver medalist in London, Abel Kirui has shared a photo online of the late Samuel Wanjiru sparking emotions of where the late runner would be right now.

Mr Kirui, who is also an assistant Superintendent of Police shared the undated photo they took with Wanjiru at St Katherine Way Bridge in London.

Mr Kirui captioned the photo: “Sammy We miss you Brother but your achievement stays unforgotten.”



Wanjiru died under mysterious circumstances in an accident in 2008 at a time when his career was rising.

His body was found early in the morning and he is believed to have died from injuries sustained after a fall from a balcony of his home in Nyahururu Kenya. Wanjiru, more commonly known as ‘Sammy’, was 24 then. IAAF records show Wanjiru was born in 1986.

An inquest was formed to investigate the course of his death which is still ongoing.

In the last hearing, Wanjiru’s widow said she found the marathoner with another woman in their bedroom in Nyahururu. She said the woman identified as Jane Nduta tried to strangle her when she busted them.

Kenyans online commenting to photo shared by Kirui said:

Amos Kipruto said: “Really his achievements is unforgotten.”

Neal Robinson wrote:”Samuel Wanjiru 🙏🏻 What could he have gone onto achieve ?”

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