Shock, grief as ex-World champ Nicholas Bett dies in tragic accident

Wednesday March 18 2020

Kenya's Nicholas Bett cannot believe it after winning the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 25, 2015. He died in a road crash on August 8, 2018 in Nandi County. PHOTO | PEDRO UGARTE | AFP


The 2015 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident in Nandi County.

Bett died on the spot after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch near Lessos along Eldoret-Kapsabet road on Wednesday morning.

Nandi Police Commander Patrick Wambani confirmed the death, saying preparations were being made to take the body to a nearby mortuary.

The commander added that the athlete hit a bump before losing control of his car at Sochoi near Lessos.

Bett - who was part of Team Kenya that competed at the just-concluded African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria - was travelling to Nairobi.

Bett became the first Kenyan to win a Worlds gold in hurdles after his magnificent run in Beijing 2015 Championships.


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