"In many ways that Beijing Olympic Marathon marked the beginning of a new era in the sport. Four-time Boston and New York City Marathon champion of old Bill Rodgers once famously said, “The marathon can humble you”. While still true for the vast majority of competitors, through Sammy’s assault in Beijing, the marathon itself was brought to its knees. No longer a willful slog to the outer limits of human endurance, the epic distance was instead transformed into just another test of speed by Sammy’s youthful temerity."
The great Eliud Kipchoge dedicated his 2016 Olympic gold to Wanjiru. "Studying the way he ran the marathon taught me so much," said Kipchoge.
Opulently gifted, Pac (September 11, 1996) and Biggie (March 9, 1997) were plucked from earth at their prime aged 25 and 24 in that order under a hail of bullets as a consequence of the feudal war between the west and east coasts of America for rap supremacy.
But their music and legend lives on and has inspired whole generations of rappers from their era to date and the same can be said of Wanjiru to marathoners.
It's a fact of life. When stars die young - whether it's JFK, Pre of Wanjiru - theories pop up. *Discuss
Biwott said he didn't realize how fast they were running in London as he wasn't focused on time, but just competing. Looking ahead to Rio he isn't worried at all about the heat or the tactical race (Biwott won un-rabbited NYC) and says he wants to bring gold back to bring marathon gold back to Kenya in tribute to Sammy Wanjiru.
Johnson ranks two Sammy Wanjiru marathons ahead of Kipchoge's, but can't deny that Kipchoge's is in the "greatest ever" conversation.
The 2015 World Championships start with a bang as world beater Wilson Kipsang, WR holder Dennis Kimetto and Olympic/World champ Stephen Kiprotich lead a field that includes six 2:05 or faster runners and 24 men with sub-2:10 PRs.
Rotich isn't taking long to bask in the glory of her win as she is working towards qualifying for the Kenyan 2016 Olympic team. She's already moved on from Monday saying, "I woke up like someone else today. I was just the normal me, and I want to get out there and train hard again."
She made comments to a TV station disapproving of the testimony of Dr. Moses Njue who says Wanjiru was murdered.
Dr. Moses Njue says that Wanjiru had head injuries which could not have been caused by a fall from his balcony and indicate he was hit on the head with a blunt object. *2nd article
*MB: Pathologist rules out suicide in athlete Samuel Wanjiru's death
Mosop set the Chinease all-comers' record, breaking the 2:06:32 ran by Sammy Wanjiru when he won the 2008 Olympics. This was a big race for Mosop who has struggled the last couple of years, only running 2:20:37 in his last marathon in May.
The inquest has been delayed for close to three years due to disagreements between Wanjiru’s widow and her mother-in-law.
Wanjiru’s wife''s lawyer told the court on Tuesday that scene of death was Nyahururu, all witnesses are from the locality, documents and all CCTV materials are also in the town and anyone suggesting it be held in Nairobi is out to defeat a quick disposal of the inquest by making all involved incur hefty costs.
Kamau’s mother Hannah Wanjiru moved to court to have an inquest done accusing the wife of killing her son.