Kenya’s former 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Kiplagat Bett has died in a fatal road accident few days after returning from the African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria.
“We regret to learn of the sudden demise of one of our top athletes, the 2015 400m Hurdles World Champion Nicholas Kiplagat Bett who represented Kenya in the just concluded Africa Championships. Our condolences to his family and the entire athletics fraternity,” Kenya Athletics said on Wednesday.
Information from the Kenya Police indicates that Bett died on the spot after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch 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.
Bett won gold in the 400m hurdles during the 2015 World Championships held in Beijing, China. He finished 8th at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
His twin brother Haron Koech is also a hurdler.
“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 Uhuru Kenyatta posted on his Twitter.
Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told this publication that it was sad news to hear about the death of a young athlete. “We pray that his family can be strong during this difficult time,” added Otuchet.
by Michael Wandati