Eldoret on standstill as remains of Kenya’s 400m champ Nicholas Bett arrive for final rest
3 months ago, 15 Aug 19:33
It was a sad moment in Eldoret town on Wednesday, August 15, as the body of the late 400 meters World Champion Nicholas Bett was transported to his home awaiting final send off.
The 400m legend lost his life on Wednesday, August 8, in Nandi county while travelling from Nairobi to his home.
Bett met his tragic demise after his vehicle hit a bump and veered off Sochoi-Lessos road, rolling several times.
The athletic fraternity that comprised of both retired and active athletes pitched camp at Eldoret Hospital mortuary to escort Bett’s body.
Life came to a stand still as the funeral procession escorted the late runner to his final resting place in Simat, Uasin-Gishu county.
The ex-400m World Champion was part of the National Police Service and several dignitaries are expected to attend his burial at his home on Thursday, August 16.
Bett lost his life few days after jetting back from west Africa where he and other Kenyan athletes had gone to represent the country in the Africa Senior Championship where Kenya emerged top.
Members of the public are expected to attend the burial as well as several government officials.
Bett and his twin brother Haron Koech rose to fame and become dominant forces to reckon with in the Kenyan athletics scene.
Their careers took off way back in high school when they represented the country in the Eastern and Central Africa Games in 2009, when they were at Cheptil High School in Nandi county.
Story by Kipkosgei Tuwei, Uasin Gichu County.
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