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The late Olympic gold medalist Samuel Kamau Wanjiru was murdered. Dr Moses Njue, who led a team of four doctors in conducting the post-mortem, ruled out the possibility of Wanjiru having died of the fall from the balcony of his house. He told an inquest that Wanjiru was hit by a blunt object.
He said that Wanjiru had an injury at the back of his that was so severe that it had broken his skull into two. “This could not have been caused by a rebound fall”; the pathologist explained.
Led by the Nairobi Chief Magistrate Hannah Ndung’u the inquest aims to establish the cause of his death, owing to the controversial circumstances surrounding it. It felt that he was either was killed, committed suicide, or died accidentally on jumping from the balcony.
The pathologist was categorical that the injuries must have been inflicted after Wanjiru jumped or fell from the balcony and they were independently inflicted leaving no doubt that Wanjiru was killed.
Initial police reports had suggested that he might have committed suicide by this theory was out rightly rejected by his mother Hanna Wanjiru. Hannah had at that time accused Triza Njeri, Kamau wife, of killing him a claim which the wife denied.
But with this findings by the team of doctors things get murky.
If what the pathologist says is true then between Jane Nduta, the girl allegedly with Kamau on the night he died, Triza Njeri , and the watchman could be someone who knows more than they told the police.
The stadium is the Olympic Stadium, Seoul South Korea. It is the 1992 World Junior Championships in Athletics. Kenyan Josphat Machuka is 20 meter away from winning the 10, 000 meters men’s race. 10,000 meters is a good 10 kilometers so 20 meters is a really small fraction of the whole. Just when he thought he had won the race, Machuka was overtaken by the then 19 year old Haile Gebrselassie. Not only did Machuka think he had fought the good fight and finished the race, but he also thought he had won it.
The bad loser Machuka
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Machuka had in this case thought that he was winner of the prize. So when Gebrselassie overtook him within meters to the finish, he punched him in the back. Of course Gebrselassie won and Machuka missed out on any the prize. Gebrselassie was lucky that the only weapon that Machuka had was the punch. Just supposing he had a gun?
So is it always worthwhile competing in races even when one’s competitors are as bad losers as Machuka?
The late Kabete MP, Muchai, was definitely involved in a lot races. Will he really say he has fought the good fight and won the race? He surely did not win. It looks pretty clear that Muchai was racing with very bad losers. He was in trade union races. He was in political races. He was in business races. He was in moral races. In all these races, there must have been one loser who could not take.
Should we always fight the good fight hopping to win the race? Or should we at times let it go?
While condoling with the family of the late legislator, athleticsinkenya.com would wish to put it that winning races at any cost is never the point. Kenyan athletes are getting in trouble for taking performance enhancing substances to win races at any cost.
1 Corinthians 9:26
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly;
Always run with purpose but keep in mind that we cannot always win. Live to run another day.
Our heartfelt condolences to the family of the three aides who were out at 3 a.m. not out of choice but only because duty required them to.
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Partrick Makau of Kenya won the 68th edition of the Fukuoka Marathon. The former world marathon record holder cleared the course in 2:08:22. Though this was 5 minutes slower than his world record time of 2:03:38 set in the 2011 Berlin Marathon, it was nonetheless a great victory for Makau who has been dogged by injuries over the last two years.
The Kenyan marathoner outdid Ethiopia’s Raji Assefa who finished second in 2:08:48. Ser-Od Bat-Ochir of Mongolia was third in 2:08:50 setting a national record in the process.
The best placed Japanese, Masakazu Fujiwara, finished fourth in 2:09:06 effectively earning himself a place in Team Japan headed for the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing in August. This marathon doubled up as a qualifier.
The race in the Japanese town of Fukuoka was run in excellent conditions with temperatures around eight degree Celsius with a light wind.
The winning trio made their intentions known only after the thirty kilometer mark when Bat-Ochir opened the race. But the Mongolian was not to lead alone for very long as after 32km, Makau and Assefa broke away from the rest pack and started to chase him down soon catching up with him. The lead was thereafter interchanged among the three until the 40 kilometer mark. Bat-Ochir had made quite a strong showing around 37 kilometers but the former world recorder holder proved too good for him. By the 40 kilometer mark the Kenyan athlete was firmly in control and he was not to be challenged thereafter.
Makau is back to winning ways and he can only hope that the nightmare of last two years will only be a part of his running history.
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