Sunday, May 22, 2011

Athletes need more than physical training

It is not for nothing that a week after the death of marathon champion Samuel Kamau Wanjiru the nation, and indeed the sporting world, are still reeling in shock from the sudden and tragic death of the young talent who trail blazed his way to fame when he won gold at the Summer Olympic games in Beijing in 2008.

Coming from obscurity and going on to become the first Kenyan to win an Olympic marathon gold, and the youngest runner since 1932 to achieve that feat, Wanjiru spectacularly announced to the world that a new track phenomenon had arrived.

Similar performances in Chicago and London would buttress this reality.

And whereas Kenyans may not have fully appreciated the greatness and recognition of Wanjiru as a track star, the world did.