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Samuel Wanjiru memorial race set for February

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Athletes race during the National Cross Country Championship at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi, Kenya on ...
Athletes race during the National Cross Country Championship at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi, Kenya on February 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

The second edition of the Samuel Wanjiru memorial race will be held on February 4 in Nyahururu town, organizers have announced.

The competition inaugurated last year in honour of Olympic Marathon champion Wanjiru who died under tragic circumstances will also double up as an extension of the Discovery Kenya Cross Country 2018.

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Coach David Letting said they were hopeful of a larger turnout this year with plans underway to make it an annual event.

“We will set up a foundation in his honor and offer support to his family because he was the sole bread-winner,” the official told Citizen Digital.

The event is sponsored by multinational sportswear manufacturer Nike and KCB with winners in both the men’s and women’s categories set to pocket KSh100,000 in cash prize.

The late Samuel Wanjiru set the current 10,000m World Junior Record in 2005 and won Kenya’s first Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he set an (Olympic) record of 2:06:32.

The two-time Chicago Marathon winner died on May 15 2011 following a domestic scuffle. His demise was later termed as homicide by the government pathologist and an inquest in to his death ongoing.

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