Nicholas Bett died in a car accident two days after returning from the African championships in Nigeria
The Kenyan former world 400 m overcomes champion Nicholas Bett has died in a car accident at the age of 28.
Bett, the 2015 nature champ, was killed in an early-morning crash on Wednesday in the country’s high-altitude develop field. Bett had returned from the African championships in Nigeria on Monday.
Bett died along the road between Eldoret and Kapsabet, two of Kenya’s famed distance-running training towns in the Rift Valley.
Bett’s Toyota Prado SUV thumped protrusions in the road and rolled, his coach, Vincent Mumo, said. Mumo said the accident happened around 6am.
Bett became the first Kenyan to triumph a golden medal in great distances shorter than 800 m when he prevailed in the 400 m impediments at “the worlds” championships in Beijing in 2015. He also won copper medallions at the African championships in 2014 in the 400 hurdles and 4x400m relay.
Bett’s twin brother, Aron, was a member of the Kenya 4x400m communicate team who prevailed golden at the African championships.