Robbers target Olympic gold Kenyan runner

September 14th, 2008 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Nairobi, Sep 14 (DPA) A gang of armed robbers raided the home of Kenyan Olympic gold-medal marathon runner Samuel Wanjiru and demanded cash just weeks after his return from the Beijing Olympics.The Daily Nation reported that around ten robbers armed with AK-47 rifles burst into Wanjiru’s home in the central town of Nyahururu late Friday night and forced the family to lie on the floor while they ransacked the home.

“They appeared to admire the medals as they demanded money from us,” Wanjiru’s wife Triza Kamau told the newspaper. “But they did not touch them. They were desperate to get money.”

Kenya’s gold medal winners were told they would receive over $25,000 each as a cash reward from the government.

Local police chief Charles Wasike said that nothing was stolen in the raid but that officers were pursuing several leads.

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