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Top marathoner Sammy Wanjiru charged in Kenya

Wanjiru at the 2010 Chicago Marathon.

International marathon star Sammy Wanjiru has been charged by Kenyan authorities with violent behavior, as reported

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The marathoner is accused of threatening a housekeeper, wounding a security guard and making threats against his wife's life, writes James Kariuki in Kenya's Daily Nation. He was allegedly then found with an AK-47 rifle. The athlete's lawyer says the situation was a setup, according to the Kenyan report.

Wanjiru has been a champion in multiple big events, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the London Marathon. Most recently, he won the Chicago Marathon.

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As of Thursday afternoon, comments on the Daily Nation site ranged from conspiracy theories to sadness.

Wanjiru lives on an estate in the Rift Valley, which is home to most of Kenya's fastest runners.

Chicago Tribune file photo by Stacey Wescott


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