Monday, 16 May 2011

RIP Samuel Wanjiru, True Kenyan Hero

Waking to morning news, the media outlets bombarded us with the sad bit of Samuel Wanjiru's passing early this morning. We shall not belabour the circumstances surrounding his death. Having been in difficult circumstances starting this year, he was in the middle of some personal crisis which seems to have ended in this tragic way.

A brief window into his life show that he had become one of Kenyan's leading marathoners having secured the 2005 Most Promising Sportsman of the Year Award, having won and broken the world half-marathon record in Rotterdam. He went on to become the first Kenyan ever to win a marathon in Beijing Olympics and in the same year came 2nd in the London Marathon sending warning signals to his rivals.
His last major exploit though was the Chicago Marathon which he won in style having run neck to neck in the last few miles with Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kedebe. Other major awards included;
2008 Sportsman of the Year Award - Kenya
2008 AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year Award (sponsored by Asic)
2009 London & Chicago Marathon winner
2010 Chicago Marathon winner
His exploits had seen him secure major sponsorship from Japan and also enjoying attendance fees of upwards of US$ 50,000- 100,000 per race. SportsKenya had ranked him as one of the top earners in sports in the year 2010 in an earlier post. Little did we know this would be our last one of him being alive.

Concerns will be raised about the people surrounding him before his death and his continued
indulgences in life's pleasures. While many a sportsman usually have problems later on in their careers, his had started pressing too soon. It should be of note to future and aspiring sports personalities that while the world loves your exploits, find it deep within you to stay grounded lest the attention and allure of the earnings, lifestyle and all that comes with it start eating up your very essence of life.

Kenya has lost a young sportsman full of potential and we at SK send our sympathies to one and all. When the history books are done, it shall be noted that this young man left in the early stages of what had promised to be a talented marathoner of global status.

26th Nov 1986 - 16th May 2011 RIP Samuel Kamau Wanjiru


6 comments:

alice said...

RIP Sam, wenever i think of tis, its not fair to die at that age with soo much potntial to make kenya proud! even tho their no clear reasons why he threw himself off a balcony! police shld diligently investigate! soo sad rip sam

The Figure said...

True Alice, the circumstances surrounding his death raise a lot of questions & concerns about his last moments. We hope the investigators do a worthy job. Still reeling from his death...

Anonymous said...

Im suprised n saddened! i feel this is not a normal death! somebody must be behind all that! but God in Heaven will punish all the wicked people!

Anonymous said...

while we may all want to find out the reasons why you had to go too soon with so much promise of what could have been, i believe that everything happens for a reason, rather than trying to find out what reason it is, in my records, you are the best marathoner that ever lived and your legend lives on, R.I.P Wanjiru, you will be missed greatly.

Anonymous said...

while we may all be trying to find out the reason why you had to go too soon and with so much promise of what could have been, i try not to find that reason because everything happens for a reason. in my records, you are the best marathoner that ever lived and your legacy lives on,R.I.P Sammy.

Anonymous said...

while we may all be trying to find the reason as to why you had to go too soon and with so much promise of wat could have been, i try not to because i believe everything happens for a reason. in my records, you are the best marathoner that ever lived, and your legacy lives on. R.I.P Sammy.