Kenya’s Nicholas Bett, 400m hurdles champ, dies in accident

Nicholas Bett
Nicholas Bett
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World Championship 400m hurdles gold medallist Nicholas Bett has died in a car crash.

The 28-year-old was killed in his home country of Kenya near Nandi a day after returning from the Continental Championships in Nigeria.

Bett made history in China after becoming the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in a short distance race on the world stage.

He took gold in the 2015 World Championships at the famous Bird’s Nest stadium – home of the Olympics in 2008.

He is a also two-time African Championship medallist, whose twin brother Haron Koech is also a 400 metres hurdler.

His family and county police commander Patrick Wambani confirmed the tragic news.

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Bett died on the spot after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch

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

Bett’s finest moment was magnificent run in the Bird’s Nest stadium back in 2015 where the he ran a personal best 47.79seconds to claim the gold.

He did not qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio, but finished eighth in recent Commonwealth Games in Australia.

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