Kenyan Olympic runner hacked to death
A former Kenyan Olympic runner is one of more than 300 people killed in rioting after his country's disputed presidential elections last week.
Lucas Sang, a member of the Kenyan 4x400m relay quartet at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, was attacked and hacked to death yesterday while walking home in the western town of Eldoret, where around 50 people were burned alive in a church.
"He was walking home on foot to his house at Kimumu when he was attacked," Moses Tanui, the former world 10,000-metre champion and Sang's business partner, told the AFP news agency.
The normally stable East African country has been swept by bloodshed and riots, largely on tribal lines, since fiercely disputed elections last Thursday after which Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, accused President Kibaki of cheating his way back into office.
Having started as a 400m runner, Sang later switched to the 800m, but because of the fierce competition in Kenyan athletics ended up as a pacemaker for both Kenyan and foreign athletes. He then retired to become a farmer in Eldoret.