Nicholas Bett; Photo Credit: iaaf.org

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.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer 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 National Sports Festival and the African Athletics Championships, and has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). Yemi holds a BA in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University .

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