Rudisha, Asbel Kiprop, Kemboi are police officers with troubled affairs, and so was the late marathoner Samuel Wanjiru
By Idris ‘Shoes’ Lule
Millionaire Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto could just spike his career after being arraigned in court for eloping and having ‘field events’ with a 15 year old Form Two student at Chemusai village, Nandi County.
Kipruto, the 3000m Steeplechase world record holder, denied the defilement charges and was released on a Sh200, 000 cash bail.
Kipruto faces at least 15 years in jail if found guilty. It is not the first time Kenya’s elite sportsmen-most of them police officers- are undergoing run-in after having laps with a woman:
David Rudisha was divorcing wife a month after birth of their third child
David Rudisha is a police inspector. But the track icon has been fighting many battles: a divorce, tendon injuries, weight, over drinking. During a head on collision with a bus at night in Kilgoris last year, Rudisha’s car was a write-off and “to come out without a single scratch was just like a miracle. I feel like God still loves me.”
His name means “come back” but few blows came knocking for the now 31 year old than divorcing Elizabeth Naanyu in 2016, a month after the birth of their third child. Liz had made trips to Nigeria “to tame him” but it was later revealed she had sought prayers from Pastor TB Joshua. Rudisha could hear none of it. Domestic fights ensued. More injuries.
Asbel Kiprop’s mpango was the wife of his training partner
Asbel Kiprop is a police officer. The former 1500m Olympic champion was facing a four year ban for doping since 2017. There were allegations of attempts to bribe anti-doping officers in 2019 when Kiprop revealed his financial transactions to prove otherwise: He had sent estranged wife, Sammary Cherotich Sh1.7 million via MPesa.
His mpango wa kando, Nancy Jerotich, was not forgotten. She received Sh1 million, but explained: “I am a travel consultant and all the transactions from Asbel to my mobile number are for booking of flights.”
Nancy was the wife of Kiprop’s training partner and pacesetter, Andrew Rotich Chepsiya. Philandering details saw Sammary, a former 3000m world junior champion packing her bags. A stressed Kiprop asked the National Police on Twitter to dismiss him “before I use their own machinery to earn justice.” Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai met Kiprop and urged officers to “share what we are going through” to avoid cases of officers killing themselves. “I am personally following up on Kiprop’s case.”
Ezekiel Kemboi paid butcher lover over Sh4 million to drop the case
Ezekiel Kemboi, a police officer, is a husband to two breathing wives. The greatest steeplechaser of all time was in 2012 charged with stabbing Anne Njeri Otieno, the former butchery owner turned lover, after allegedly declining his advances. Kemboi alleged that Njeri had colluded with a gang to rob him at night when she wa stabbed in the skirmish. Njeri later dropped the charges after experiencing suffering after being ostracized for bringing a case against a track hero.”
In a 2002 journal publication on athletes and women researchers Brown, Nocera, and Sumner found that athletes with higher levels of aggression on the field combined with more conservative attitudes toward women, resulted in higher levels of sexual aggression.
Samuel Wanjiru had three women claiming him, even in death
Marathoner Samuel Wanjiru was arraigned in court for threatening Triza with an AK-47 assault rifle in 2010-three months after winning the Chicago marathon.
But Sammy died in May 15, 2011 after a night of binge drinking with barmaids in Nyahururu town. Sammy’s wife, Triza Njeri-a former beautician- had caught him pants down in bed with another woman, Jane Nduta. A tiff ensued. Njeri locked them from outside. Sammy then fell from the balcony of his mansion and doctor’s couldn’t revive him. Though the 24 year old had threatened suicide before, it was never clear whether Sammy was thrown out the window or it was an accident.
Shortly, two other women, Mary Wacera and Judy Wambui, emerged claiming they were his wives. Wacera had a child with Sammy while Wambui said she was five months paged with his child. She demanded a paternity test before burial. It was granted by the Nakuru court. Wambui named her son Samuel Jonnes Kamau-after Sammy!