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Former athletics world champion Nicholas Bett dies in road crash


The 2015 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident in Nandi County.

Mr Bett died on the spot after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch near Lessos along Eldoret-Kapsabet road on Wednesday morning.

Nandi Police Commander Patrick Wambani confirmed the death, saying preparations were being made to take the body to a nearby mortuary.

The commander added that the athlete hit a bump before losing control of his car at Sochoi near Lessos.

Bett – who was part of Team Kenya that competed at the just-concluded African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria – was travelling back home from Nairobi.

The highlight of Bett’s athletics career was winning the men’s 400m hurdles title for Kenya during the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.