Runner Paul Tergat 'shocked' by Samuel Wanjiru's death


Former marathon world record holder Paul Tergat has paid tribute to star athlete Samuel "Sammy" Wanjiru, who has died after falling from a balcony at his home in Kenya's Rift Valley town of Nyahururu.

"It is very shocking and very sad news," Mr Tergat, who is also from Kenya, told the BBC World Service. "We have lost a very young and talented athlete."

The 24-year-old Samuel Wanjiru won in Beijing in 2008 in an Olympic record time, becoming the youngest Olympic champion since 1932. He also set marathon course records in London and Chicago.

Mr Tergat told the BBC that Mr Wanjiru had had "a long career" ahead of him. "I was still waiting to see Wanjiru going for a world record, because he was a front runner," he added.

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