Nicholas Bett; Photo Credit:

The Athletics world is in mourning after news broke out on Wednesday morning that Beijing 2015 GOLD medallist in the men’s 400m Hurdles, Kenya’s Nicholas Bett, died in a road accident in Nandi County in Kenya.

Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation reports that Bett died on the spot after the car he was driving veered off the road after hitting a bump, and landed in a ditch near Lessos, along Eldoret-Kapsabet road.

Bett had just returned to Kenya from the 21st CAA African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, on Monday.

He became the first Kenyan athlete in history to win a World Championships GOLD in an event shorter than the 800m.

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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