Former 400 meters hurdles world champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident in Lessos, Nandi County. He 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 today morning.
The Sports fraternity is mourning the demise of Nicholas Bett, the 2015 World 400m Hurdles Champion who died today morning in a grisly road accident in Lessos, Nandi County
According to reports, Bett was travelling to see a friend before his vehicle hit a bump and rolled several times, barely 48 hours after returning to the country from Asaba, Nigeria where he represented the country in the 400m Hurdles, a race he did not finish due to injury.
Bett pulled out of the 400m Hurdles final in Asaba after 200m with an injury in a race that his brother Aron Koech who won gold in the 400m by 4 relay finished fourth.
Nandi Police Commander Patrick Wambani confirmed Bett died after his car veered off the road and landed in a ditch on the Lessos-Eldoret road.
He was in high spirits when the team returned from Asaba on Monday night and was looking forward to recovering from injury and competing at next year’s IAAF World Championship in Doha Qatar where he looked forward
The 28-year old broke into the limelight in 2015 when he powered to the gold medal at the Beijing World Championship where Kenya emerged top of the world.He became the first Kenyan to win a Worlds gold in hurdles after his magnificent run in the championships.
However after that, he struggled to replicate his form and even though injuries did not help his cause, he was looking forward to reclaiming his throne in Doha.
Kenyans including government officials took to social media to condole with the fallen champion family expressing how he was that valuable and great in the sports fraternity in Kenya.
A statement sent to newsrooms today by athletics Kenya reads in part,
“Athletics Kenya regrets to learn of the sudden demise of Nicholas Kiplagat Bett through a road accident this morning. The late Nicholas was the 400m Hurdles World Champion in the year 2015 and was in the just concluded Africa Championships held in Asaba, Nigeria.”
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and to the entire Athletics fraternity.