Former Kenyan 400m Hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett Has Died
He tragically passed following a car accident Wednesday. He was 28.
Nicholas Bett, Kenya's former 400m hurdles world champion, has died Wednesday following a car accident Wednesday, BBC Sport reports.
Bett recently returned from the Africa Championships in Nigeria when the crash occurred in Nandi, northwest Kenya.
RIP Nicholas Bett..... https://t.co/03EApQpb4C— Gitau 🇰🇪 (@Gitau 🇰🇪)1533728117.0
His history making moment happened in China back in 2015, where he became the first Kenyan to win a world gold at a distance shorter than 800m.
Bett was also a two-time African bronze medalist. His twin brother, Haron, is also a hurdler, BBC adds.
He was 28 years old.
Kenyans have gathered on social media to express their condolences for this tragic loss.
Former 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident in Nandi County. On behalf of the spo… https://t.co/Uqt1gtsy0m— Rashid Echesa (@Rashid Echesa)1533709320.0
A sad day for Kenya as we wake up to the sad news that the former 400M hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett has die… https://t.co/o1LVRsl6Xq— Brian Odeoh 🇰🇪 (@Brian Odeoh 🇰🇪)1533708876.0
The passing on of World Champion Nicholas Bett is tragic and a big loss to his family, friends, Kenya and the globa… https://t.co/AS4BgKIMME— William Samoei Ruto (@William Samoei Ruto)1533716148.0
My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Nicholas Bett, the 2015 World 400m hurdles… https://t.co/6b4jeyIrT6— Chris Kirubi (@Chris Kirubi)1533714725.0
My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of the Ex 400M Champion Nicholas Bett for his untimely death th… https://t.co/rga6E08LOe— Kevin Kimutai (@Kevin Kimutai)1533721099.0
The IAAF is deeply saddened and shocked to hear that Kenya’s 2015 world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett, 28, di… https://t.co/YBzHQZwGP0— IAAF (@IAAF)1533716117.0
Deeply saddened by the death of former 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett who died today in a tragic road ac… https://t.co/sK1w0cmuM3— Uhuru Kenyatta (@Uhuru Kenyatta)1533716637.0