Nicholas Bett, former 400m hurdles world champion has been killed in a car crash in his home country of Kenya.
The 28-year-old was killed while driving near Nandi County in west Kenya, just one day after competing in the African Continental Championships in Delta State, Nigeria.
His tragic death was announced by his family and confirmed by county police commander Patrick Wambani, while Athletics Kenya issued a statement following the news.
Vincent Mumo, his trainer, said that the athlete’s SUV hit bumps in the road and rolled as it went off the tarmac in the high-altitude training region in west Kenya early on Wednesday morning.
The statement read: “We regrets to learn of the sudden demise of one of our top athletes, the 2015 400m Hurdles World Champion #NicholasKiplagatBett who represented Kenya in the just concluded Africa Championships.
“Our condolences to his family and the entire athletics fraternity.”
The hurdler made history in 2015 when he became his country’s first athlete to win a World Championships gold medal in a short distance race, and he is also a two-time African Championship medallist.
His twin brother, Haron Koech, is also a 400m hurdler.