Olympic heroine Nyairera forced to push vehicle at homecoming party
Olympic 800m bronze medalist Margaret Nyairera was on Sunday forced to abandon and push a vehicle that was ferrying her to the homecoming of fellow Olympic medalist Boniface Mucheru.
An afternoon shower rendered the freshly dug roads in Mureru village in Nyeri County impassable during the homecoming fete of the men’s 400m hurdles Olympic silver medalist Mucheru.
Ms Nyairera and some of the coaches were as a result forced to push their vehicle to the main road.
Retired marathon runner Catherine Ndereba was likewise forced to request a colleague to drive her Land Cruiser Prado after it became difficult for her to control the skidding vehicle.
The roads became impassable forcing the residents to leave the ongoing celebrations and dig up the roads again to make it possible for the stuck motorists to pass.
Area residents vented their anger at the county government for failure improve access roads in Kieni Constituency.
The rains, however, did not dampen the spirit of the friends and family who had gathered at the home to celebrate the athlete.
The 24-year-old Mucheru was treated to a heroic welcome in a ceremony that was attended by local leaders and and several athletes.
The 400m hurdles African champion made history after becoming the first Kenyan to win an Olympic medal in the event.
Mr Mucheru settled for silver with a season best and national record time of 47.78 sec behind American Kerron Clement who won gold 47.73 sec.