With the World Marathon Majors promising to rename the elite circuit trophy after the late Samuel Wanjiru, his venerated place in classic distance running will be cemented for generations to come.
The fallen Olympics champion was finally interred on Saturday in a ceremony steeped in the contrasting side of a young life snuffed at the tender age of 24 on that May 15 dark Sunday.
“He is simply the greatest marathoner of all time. His victory at the Olympics was the signature and the best race ever run. London Marathon will be honoured since he gave us memorable races in 2008 and when won a year later,” David Bedford, the London Marathon director said at the funeral.