May 17, 2011 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru died after a fall from a second-floor balcony during a domestic dispute involving his wife and another woman, officials said Monday. One police official said the 24-year-old Wanjiru committed suicide, while another said he jumped to stop his wife from leaving the house after she discovered him with another woman. His agent, Federico Rosa, does not believe it was suicide. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wanjiru became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in the marathon.
September 29, 2008 |
Haile Gebrselassie smashed his marathon world record by 27 seconds yesterday, winning the Berlin Marathon in a city where he has had so much success. The 35-year-old Ethiopian took advantage of excellent conditions on a flat course to finish in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 59 seconds. Despite an ailing calf he shattered the mark he set in Berlin last year and became the first man to win this race three times. In the women's race, Germany's Irina Mikitenko won in 2:19:19. She improved her personal best by more than four minutes to record the seventh fastest time for a woman.
January 23, 2008 |
The pollution and heat at the Beijing Olympics may scare off at least one marquee athlete. Marathon world record-holder Haile Gebrselassie, 34, is considering skipping that race for fear of suffering heatstroke, his manager, Jos Hermens, said. "We have our doubts," Hermens said yesterday. "It is an extremely dangerous marathon. " The Ethiopian distance great still could try to compete in the shorter 10,000 meters, an event in which he has won two Olympic gold medals. Gebrselassie smashed the marathon world record in September with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 26 seconds in Berlin, and ran the second-fastest time Friday (2:04:53)
May 23, 2005 |
Leonard Scott overcame two false starts and a strong headwind to win the 100-meter dash in 10.03 seconds yesterday during the Adidas Track Classic in Carson, Calif. Maurice Greene, who just two weeks ago ran the fastest time in the world this year, finished fourth in 10.32 after his starting blocks slipped. Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner won the 400, and Olympic 200 silver medalist Allyson Felix won her specialty. Olympic champion Joanna Hayes won the 100 hurdles in 12.64 seconds, the fastest in the world this year.
April 15, 2002 |
Overcoming fatigue and 60 unforced errors, Venus Williams, the world's second-ranked women's player, rallied for a 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Justine Henin in the Bausch & Lomb Championships yesterday at Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. Williams was down by a set and four games before working her way back. The title was her fourth this year and 25th overall, boosting her career earnings past $9.8 million. It was Henin's third loss to Williams in a final this year.
May 21, 1999 |
Ever since Rocky, the up-from-bumhood sports inspirational has been a fictional formula that Hollywood has dutifully recycled for every sport, even bowling. With rare exceptions - the clearest being Hoop Dreams, for my money the greatest documentary ever made about the life and aspirations of the athlete - the results have been losers. Endurance is a movie that falls somewhere between fact and fiction. It is devoted to the life and trials of Haile Gebrselassie, the Olympic champion and world record-holder in the 10,000 meters.
June 14, 1998 |
Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia set his 14th world record last night, clocking 12 minutes, 39.36 seconds for 5,000 meters after two sizzling final laps in Helsinki, Finland. Daniel Komen of Kenya set the previous record of 12:39.74 last year. Only 10 days earlier, Gebrselassie established the 10,000-meter world record of 26:22.75 at Hengelo, Netherlands. In other events, Colin Jackson of Britain clocked 13.12 seconds in the 110 hurdles, equaling the year's best time by Olympic champion Allen Johnson.
February 26, 1998 |
Ethiopian distance running sensation Haile Gebrselassie was presented the Jesse Owens International Trophy award in New York last night, becoming the first black African to receive the prestigious honor. Previous winners of the award - which honors outstanding sportsmanship in athletics - include Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis and distance runners Sebastian Coe of Britain and Wang Junxia of China. The only other African athlete to have received this distinction is 1986 recipient Said Aouita of Morocco.
January 26, 1998 |
In Karlsruhe, Germany, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia broke his own world indoor record in the 3,000 meters by more than four seconds yesterday. Gebrselassie, running alone for half the race, was timed in 7 minutes, 26.14 seconds. He had set the previous record of 7:30.72 at Stuttgart, Germany, on Feb. 4, 1996. With the help of pacesetters, Gebrselassie was on a blistering pace from the start. When the second pacesetter dropped out after about 1,500 meters, Gebrselassie never let up. "I was very concentrated," the two-time Olympic 10,000-meter champion said.