Q&A with… Leonard Bett

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Country: Kenya

Profession: Athlete – 3000m Steeplechase

Career Highlights:

  • 2019 World Championships finalist
  • 2018 U20 World Championships silver medallist
  • 2017 U18 World Championships gold medallist

What has been a defining moment in your career?

Meeting my coach, John Kimetto, in January 2017 was a defining moment in my career. Before then, I was doing a bit of running at school, but I was really young and didn’t understand the sport or the world of athletics. Coach Kimetto has helped guide and mentor me, and seeing my progression from junior to senior level, and making the finals at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, I know I am on the right path.

What was the first thought that went through your mind when you heard the Tokyo Olympics had been postponed?

I was disappointed because I had a vision that 2020 will be my year. I had to quickly remind myself that life is not all about me, and there is a bigger reason and purpose for everything. So, I strengthened myself in faith and prayer which has helped me through these hard few months. It is a blessing that we have made it through, and athletics is starting again.

What is your greatest extravagance? 

I don’t enjoy any extravagances, as my goal is to live a simple life with no complications.

Which superpower would you like to have?

Speed, speed and more speed. Super-Leo is the name!

When under pressure, what do you say to yourself to help you get through it? 

I enjoy reading the Bible and praying. This is where I find peace from everything and anything.

What three things you would take with you if had to be stranded on a desert island for a year?

A floating raft, sail, and a tent.