Burial for Nicholas Bett underway in Uasin Gishu


FILE PHOTO: Nicholas Bett of Kenya presents his gold medal on the podium after the ...
FILE PHOTO: Nicholas Bett of Kenya presents his gold medal on the podium after the men's 400 metres hurdles event during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 26, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo

In Summary

  • Nicholas Bett, 28, died in a road accident in Nandi last week.
  • He was the first Kenyan athlete to win a world title in sprints clocking 47.79 seconds at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in China.

Former world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett will be buried on Thursday at his Simat home in Uasin Gishu County.

Deputy President William Ruto, Lands CS Farida Karoney, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, his Nandi counterpart Stephen Sang and Inspector General Joseph Boinnet are among government officials at the ceremony.

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Elite athletes Kipchoge Keino, Eliud Kipchoge and Asbel Kiprop also joined hundreds of mourners turned up for the burial on Thursday.

Nicholas Bett, 28, died in a road accident in Nandi last week.

He was the first Kenyan athlete to win a world title in sprints clocking 47.79 seconds during his stint at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing China.

On Wednesday, hundreds turned up at the Eldoret Hospital morgue to receive the body of the fallen hero.

Deputy President William Ruto arrives for the burial of Nicholas Bett. Photo/CARO KONES
Deputy President William Ruto arrives for the burial of Nicholas Bett. Photo/CARO KONES

Report by Mike Okinyi and Cyrus Sholim

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