Kenya's former world champion Nicholas Bett dies aged 28

Wednesday August 8 2018

Kenya's Nicholas Bett celebrates winning the final of the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the

Kenya's Nicholas Bett celebrates 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 | OLIVIER MORIN | AFP 

By TOM MATOKE

Kenya's 2015 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett has died aged 28 in a road accident on Wednesday morning.

Bett's car veered off the road and landed in a ditch near Lessos along Eldoret-Kapsabet road in Nandi, North Rift Kenya, killing him on the spot.

Nandi Police Commander Patrick Wambani confirmed the death, saying the athlete hit a bump before losing control of his car.

Bett had just returned from African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria and was driving to Nairobi.

In 2015, he made history in the Beijing Championships when he became the first Kenyan to win a world gold at a distance shorter than 800m.

He was a two-time African bronze medallist.

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