Monday, March 28, 2011

London Callinng - Wanjiru OUT. Lel IN

Olympic champion Samuel Wanjiru has sensationally withdrawn from next month’s London Marathon citing a troublesome knee injury.

The withdrawal of Wanjiru who dropped out of the same race last year was confirmed by his manager, Federico Rosa, who also disclosed the 2008 winner and stable mate, Martin Lel, would take his place in the April 18 World Marathon Majors race.

“We expect organisers to release a statement soon about the unfortunate withdrawal. Wanjiru’s troublesome knee that affected him last year has flared up again,” Rosa said.

The news that broke on Monday is the latest blow to strike the 2008 Beijing Olympics marathon winner in a troublesome year that has seen him brought before court to answer charges of threatening to kill and possession of an illegal firearm.