Olympic champion Wanjiru buried in Kenya

June 11, 2011 - 10:00 AM
CORRECTION Kenya Wanjiru Death

CORRECTS SPELLING OF RUNNER'S NAME - Triza Njeri, center, wife of the late Kenyan runner Sammy Wanjiru, controls her emotions as the coffin containing Wanjiru is loaded into a funeral van at a funeral home in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Wanjiru, who set a blistering pace to shatter the 24-year-old Olympic record in the marathon, died on May 15 in Nyahururu, Kenya. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of people have attended the funeral of Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru at a stadium in his hometown.

Wanjiru, the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was later given a 21-gun salute as his coffin was lowered into a grave at his farm.

The 24-year-old Wanjiru died May 15 after falling from his apartment balcony. His death is still being investigated by Kenyan authorities after conflicting reports over whether it was a suicide or an accident.

Wanjiru won five of his seven marathons and was the youngest runner to win four major marathons.