Veteran Kenyan Athlete Naftali Bon Passes on

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  • The family of a Kenyan Veteran Athlete Naftali Bon are in mourning after his passing.

    The former 4 by 400meters relay champ succumbed on Friday November 2 while undergoing treatment at Kapsabet Referral Hospital after a short illness.

    A trailblazer in his own right, Bon was part of the Kenyan sprinting quartet that clinched silver during the 1968 Olympic games held in Mexico city.

    Naftali Bon while young (left) and at much later age

    He, alongside three others (Daniel Rudisha, Charles Asati and Munyoro Nyamau) finished second in a record time of two minutes and 59 seconds.

    The team that represented Kenya won 9 medals at the time which included 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze.

    This comes months after another athlete Nicholas Bett passed on.

    Bett died on the spot in a grisly road accident along Eldoret-Kapsabet road in August this year when a car he was driving veered off the road landing in a ditch.

    He showed great promise with his impeccable gold medal in 400M Hurdles during the 2015 World Championship in Beijing.

    His victory in many ways opened up the possibility of more gold medals for Kenya in the sprint races.

    Bett became the first Kenyan to clinch the 400M hurdles gold medal.

    The late Kenyan Athlete Nicholas Bett