The ongoing violence in Kenya has claimed the life of a second prominent athlete. Wesley Ngetich, a two-time winner of the Grandma’s Marathon with a personal best of 2:12, was killed on Monday near the Tanzanian border in Trans Mara.
According to his manager, Ngetich, 34, was hit in the chest by a poisoned arrow. It is unclear whether Ngetich was defending himself. He leaves behind a wife and three children, ages 8, 6 and 1.
Ngetich had planned to run at the Arizona Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Phoenix last weekend but was unable to safely fly out of the country. The winner of that race, Lawrence Kiplimo Sania, said he risked his life trying to leave the country.
Almost 800 people have died in Kenya, usually one of the most stable countries in Africa, since the start of the year after an election held on December 27 was contested by the opposition. The violence has been directed mostly at the Kikuyu, Kenya’s largest and most powerful ethnic group.
Clashes have been especially bad in the western Rift Valley province, where virtually all Kenyan runners come from.
Seoul medalist Lucas Sang was the other well-known athlete who was killed.