Samuel Wanjiru

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Birthday
10, 1986
Birthplace
Kenya
Death Date
May 15, 2011 (24)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
10, 1986
Birthplace
Kenya
Death Date
May 15, 2011 (24)

About

Kenyan long distance runner who was one of the world's premiere runners, winning the Olympic marathon in 2008 and setting records at the London and Chicago Marathons. His life was cut tragically short in May 2011 after falling from his balcony in Nyahururu, Kenya.

Before Fame

He moved to Japan in 2002 and won the Fukuoka International Cross Country the next year at age sixteen.

Trivia

His time of 2:05:41 at the Chicago Marathon was the fastest marathon time in United States history.

Family Life

He was survived by his wife Triza Njeri. His cousin Joseph Riri and younger brother Simon Njoroge are also long-distance runners.

Associated With

He and Ethiopia's Gezahegne Abera are both winners of the Olympic marathon.