Wednesday 19 December 2018

Kenyan hurdler Nicholas Bett killed in road crash

The 2015 world champion died in the country’s high altitude training region.

Kenya’s Nicholas Bett celebrates winning the 400m hurdles final during day four of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing (Adam Davy/PA)
Kenya’s Nicholas Bett celebrates winning the 400m hurdles final during day four of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing (Adam Davy/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Kenya’s Nicholas Bett, the 2015 world champion in the 400-metre hurdles, has been killed in a road accident.

Nandi County police commander Patrick Wambani said Bett, who was 28, was killed in the car crash early on Wednesday in Kenya’s high-altitude training region in the west of the country.

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Kenya’s Nicholas Bett celebrates his win in Beijing (PA)

Bett’s coach, Vincent Mumo, said the athlete’s vehicle hit bumps in a road and rolled.

Bett won gold in the 400 hurdles at the world championships in Beijing.

He had only returned from the African championships in Nigeria on Monday.

Bett won gold in the 400 hurdles at the 2015 world championships in Beijing, a breakthrough victory in that event for Kenya, a powerhouse in middle- and long-distance events.

He also won bronze medals at the African championships in 2014 in the 400 hurdles and 4×400-metre relay.

Athletics Kenya said it sent condolences to Bett’s family.

Bett’s twin brother, Aron, is also an athlete and was part of the Kenyan 4×400 team that won gold at last week’s African championships.

Nicholas Bett did not run with that team.

Press Association

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