It was tears and silent moment as athletes competing at the Birmingham Diamond League in the United Kingdom on Saturday.
After winning their respective races like Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto, Emanuel Korir and Agnes Jebet among others mourned late former World 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett with his name and photo on the Kenyan flag.
Kipruto recorded the second win in 7:12.7 ahead of Benjamin Kigei and Nicholas Kiptanui and Ethiopian Chala Beyo on the home straight to win in 8:14.33.
Fresh from winning silver in 800m and gold in men’s 4x400m at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, Korir sealed his fourth victory of the season, hauling a Meet Record time of 1:42.79.
Korir edged out compatriots Jonathan Kitilit and World and Commonwealth 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi to second and third places in 1:43.53 and 1:44.15 respectively. The time by Manangoi was his personal best.
The athletes mourned Bett, who died on Wednesday last week in a road accident, was buried on Thursday at his home in Simat Village in Uasin Gishu County.
Jebet, the 2017 World 10,000m bronze medallist, stunned World and Commonwealth 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri in women’s 3,000m.
Jebet, who is also the 2016 World Cross Country champion, timed 8:32.21 to triumph, beating Lilian Kasait (8:33.43) and Obiri (8:36.26) – who is fresh from winning Africa 5,000m title.
Obiri had won the 5,000m in Rabat in a world lead of 14:21.75 while Kasait claimed her share of glory in the 3,000m race in London.
The athletes would later be hosted by the Kenyan High Commission in London where they celebrated Bett’s life.