World Championship 400m hurdles gold medallist Nicholas Bett has died in a car crash.
The 28-year-old was killed in his home country of Kenya near Nandi – just a day after returning from the Continental Championships in Nigeria.
He was driving home to Nairobi when he reportedly veered off the road and hit a ditch.
Bett made history in China after becoming the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in a short distance race on the world stage.
He took gold in the 2015 World Championships at the famous Bird’s Nest stadium – home of the Olympics in 2008.
He is a also two-time African Championship medallist, whose twin brother Haron Koech is also a 400 metres hurdler.
His family and county police commander Patrick Wambani confirmed the tragic news.
Bett died on the spot after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch
The commander added that the athlete hit a bump before losing control of his car.
Bett’s finest moment was magnificent run in the Bird’s Nest stadium back in 2015 where the he ran a personal best 47.79seconds to claim the gold.
He did not qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio, but finished eighth in recent Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Athletic Kenya tweeted: "We regrets to learn of the sudden demise of one of our top athletes, the 2015 400m Hurdles World Champion Nicholas Kiplagat Bett who represented Kenya in the just concluded Africa Championships.
"Our condolences to his family and the entire athletics fraternity."
And Kenyan Sports Minister Rashid Echesa added: "Former 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident in Nandi County.
"On behalf of the sporting fraternity and moscakenya I convey my sincerest condolences to his family. Rest in peace."
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