Kenya and the world sports community are in mourning following the sudden demise of 400m Hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett.
He was only 28 years old.
Bett was killed in a road accident along Eldoret-Kapsabet Road after losing control of his vehicle. He was returning home after representing Kenya in the African Athletics Championship staged in Nigeria.
Bett, who made history by bagging Kenya’s first ever gold in the 400m Hurdles during the IAAF World Championship held in China in 2015, crashed after hitting a bump before losing control of his car at Sochoi near Lessos.
President Uhuru Kenyatta joined Kenyans to mourn the star who made the country proud during the World Championships.
“Deeply saddened by the death of former 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett who died today in a tragic road accident. Bett earned the country great honours in his outstanding victories. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his family, relatives and friends,” President Kenyatta posted on Twitter.
“We regret to learn of the sudden demise of one of our top athletes, the 2015 400m Hurdles World Champion #NicholasKiplagatBett who represented Kenya in the just concluded Africa Championships. Our condolences to his family and the entire athletics fraternity,” said Athletics Kenya via twitter.