Wow Video/Photos:Heroic welcome as Kenyan athletes jet back

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The Kenya athletics team returned to a heroic welcome on Tuesday morning from Beijing, China, where it took part in the 15th IAAF World Championships.

Kenyans turned up in large numbers to welcome the team that claimed the overall title at the nine-day competition, bagging seven gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

Outstanding performers included Nicholas Bett who won Kenya’s first ever gold in the 400 meters hurdles race, Julius Yego with the third longest javelin throw (92.72 meters), and Asbel Kiprop who won the 1500 meters race despite having a flu.

First to receive the team at the JKIA was Deputy President William Ruto, who hosted the athletes to breakfast at his residence in Karen, Nairobi county.

This was despite an initial communiqué by Athletics Kenya saying the athletes would be hosted to breakfast at the KICC.

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Other leaders who welcomed the team included Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, Tourism CSW Phyllis Kandie, and Sports and Culture’s Hassan Wario.

Members of the Kenya Bikers Association and the Kenya Roller Skating team also received the athletes.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will host the team to a breakfast at State House, Nairobi on Thursday.

World 3000 meters steeplchase champion Ezekiel Kemboi waves a Kenyan flag along Mombasa road after arriving from Beijing, China on September 1, 2015. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
World javelin champion Julius Yego waves at fans along Mombasa road after the Kenya athletics team arrived from Beijing China on September 1, 2015. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
Outriders escort the Kenya athletics team that jetted back into the country from Beijing, China where they topped the medal standings at the 15th edition of the IAAF World Championships. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
A convoy of top-of-the-range vehicles that went to receive the Kenya athletics team which arrived at JKIA from Beijing, China on September 1, 2015. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
Members of the Kenya Roller Skating team escort the Kenya athletics team which arrived from Beinjing, China on September 1, 2015 after claiming the overall title at the 15th edition of the IAAF World Championships. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen waves a Kenya flag after receiving the Kenya athletics team which arrived back into the country on September 1, 2015 after claiming top honours at the 15th edition of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA

– the-star.co.ke

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