The service ended up being delayed for two hours.
After weeks of delay thanks to legal wrangling and a lot of confusion, the remains of Olympic gold medalist Sammy Wanjiru was finally laid to rest. Wanjiru, arguably one of the best marathoners of all time, died on May 15 after falling from a second-floor balcony at his mansion. Events surrounding his death are still under investigation.
Wanjiru was buried in his home town of Nyahururu, Kenya.
Like everything else surrounding Wanjiru’s passing, the funeral on Saturday was cast into chaos. A police helicopter designated to carry the remains from Nairobi to Nyahururu was aborted, which caused a two-hour delay of the service.
Relatives, friends, and fellow Olympians showed up to the Lee Funeral Home as early as 6 a.m. Only close family was allowed in the compound.
Security was tight for the service.
According to a report in the Daily Nation, among those present at the funeral were world women’s marathon champion Catherine Ndereba and Athletics Kenya secretary general David Okeyo.
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