July 06, 2009

Former Olympic Medalist Fiixaa Baayyisaa Caught after Wife shot

Bayisa caught after wife shot

ADDIS ABABA - POLICE in Ethiopia confirmed on Saturday they have arrested former Olympic bronze medallist Fita Bayisa after he allegedly shot his wife in a row over property.

The 36-year-old athlete, who won bronze in the 5,000m at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, was caught on Monday hours after the incident took place in Alem Gena - six kilometres west of the capital.

Police declined to give further details when contacted by AFP, but a local newspaper said the couple, who have five children, were embroiled in a legal battle over the ownership of a kindergarten school.

The paper said the un-named wife remained in a stable condition in a hospital in Addis Ababa.

Bayisa also won silver at the 1991 World Athletics Championships in Tokyo.

He finished fourth in his last competition, the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. -- AFP

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