Sammy Wanjiru’s Funeral Still On Hold

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 24, 2011
  • Updated May. 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM UTC

The funeral and bural of Sammy Wanjiru is now tied up in court. Photo:

The matter has turned into a vicious court battle.

The funeral and subsequent burial of one of the greatest marathoners of all time, Sammy Wanjiru, continues to be put on hold. According to The Standard, Wanjiru’s mother, Hannah, has refused to allow her son to be buried and has filed a court case blocking the ceremony.

As of today, Wanjiru’s mother has still not withdrawn the case.

“We have consulted widely and advised her that the matter should be settled in court. That is why we did not withdraw the case,” said Gordon Ogolla, one of the Wanjiru family’s lawyers.

Last week, Justice Anyara Emukule issued a court order preventing Wanjiru’s widow, Triza Njeri, from proceeding with the burial.

Ndegwa Wahome is the attorney for Wanjiru’s widow. He has filed a replying affadavit that will be heard in court on June 2.

Wanjiru died tragically on May 15 when he fell from the balcony of his mansion. His mother has said she suspects foul play and alleges that blood was found in Wanjiru’s bedroom.

Sammy Wanjiru was the 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the marathon

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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