Kenyan 400m Hurdles Gold Medallist Dies Days After Leaving Nigeria


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

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

The two-time African Championship medallist, whose twin brother is also a 400 metres hurdler, made history in China after becoming the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in a short distance race on the world stage.

Patrick Wambani, the county police commander as well as his family confirmed the tragic news.

It was a road accident at Nandi County, Kenya that took the life of the athlete.

Mr Bett died on the spot after the car he was driving hit a bump before losing control of his car at Sochoi near Lessos. The car veered off the road and plunged into a ditch near Lessos along Eldoret-Kapsabet road on Wednesday morning.

Nandi Police Commander Patrick Wambani confirmed the death, saying preparations were being made to take Nicholas Bett’s body to a nearby mortuary.

Bett – who was part of Team Kenya that competed at the just-concluded African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria – was travelling back home from Nairobi.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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