Deputy President William Ruto led political leaders and sportsmen including athletes in bidding farewell to former World 400m hurdles champion, Nicholas Bett
Bett died in a road accident near Lessos on the border between Nandi County and Uasin Gishu County.
The athlete died on the spot on August 8, 2018 after the car he was driving, hit bumps on the road and rolled into a ditch.
The father of three became the first Kenyan IAAF World Athletics Championship gold medalist at a distance shorter than 800 metres when he obliterated competition to win the 400 metres hurdles in Beijing in 2015 in a national record, and personal best time as well, of 47.79 seconds.
Ruto delivered President Kenyatta’s condolences to the family of Bett at his Simat home in Uasin Gishu County.
He said Bett had the country proud as a police officer and was also a patriot and a gallant athlete for the country.
CS for Sports Rashid Echesa and his lands counterpart Faridah Karoney were also present.Ruto said Bett’s family would benefit from an insurance scheme for police officers which was set up in 2013 and that they would help set up a bursary kitty for the children of the deceased.
Politician Buzeki who was present at the burial, eulogised Bett on Twitter as a hero who conquered beyond the nation.
“Joined family,other leaders,athletics fraternity and friends for the final resting of athletics hero Nicholas Bett.Nicholas forever remains an hero who conquered beyond the Nation’s.The people of Uasin Gishu and Kenya are forever indebted to him. Fare thee well Nicholas.”