Kenya welcomes victorious athletes from Beijing

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Image caption, The team was led by captain and 3,000 metres steeplechase gold medallist Ezekiel Kemboi

Victorious Kenyan athletes have returned home to a hero's welcome after they topped the medal table at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing for the first time.

The team were received at Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi by thousands of supporters, led by Deputy President William Ruto.

Mr Ruto hosted a special breakfast to honour the team at his residence.

Kenya won seven gold, six silver and three bronze medals to finish top.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will receive the team for a special dinner at State House on Thursday.

The athletes will also have a public meeting on Wednesday evening at the Kasarani Complex in central Nairobi.

Among the athletes who arrived on Tuesday are deputy team captain Vivian Cheruiyot who recaptured her 10,000 metres title and history-making Julius Yego (javelin) and Nicholas Bett (400 metres hurdles).

There were also Ezekiel Kemboi and Hyvin Jepkemoi who triumphed in the men's and women's 3,000 metres steeplechase respectively.

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Image caption, The team received a special honour from traditional Chuka drummers
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Image caption, Javelin gold medallist Julius Yego carries his seven-month-old son on arrival at the airport
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Image caption, Captain Ezekiel Kemboi addressed cheering supporters on behalf of the team

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