Kenyan popular athlete Nicholas Bett died on 8th August 2018 after a road crash near Lessos town.
We regret 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 @moscakenya @iaaforg pic.twitter.com/L40CSCP4ZC
— Athletics Kenya (AK) (@athletics_kenya) August 8, 2018
According to police reports, Bett lost control before hitting a bump which led to his car landing in a ditch, killing him on spot.
His sudden death came just two days after landing down from Nigerian contest dubbed 2018 African Championships in Athletics.
The accident happened along Kapsabet-Eldoret road on his way back to Nairobi.
10 Facts you should know about Bett.
- He was born 28 years ago as Nicholas Kiplagat Bett on 27, January 1990 .
- Bett was born in Uasin Gichu County
- He represented Kenya across the globe as a track and field athlete who competed in the 400 metres hurdles
- His best record stood at 47.79 seconds
- He has a twin brother Harun Koech who is also a 400 metres hurdles athlete
- He also claimed the 2015 and a two-time bronze medallist at the African Championships in Athletics.
- Bett made first breakthrough in 2010 when he came out as a junior finalist
- He joined Kenyan senior level in 2011 where his spectacular form made him pick third position during the Kenyan Athletics Championships
- His first international games came in 2015 when he participated at the Savo Games and Lappeenranta Games in Finland
- Before death Bett weighed 75Kgs with a height of 1.9M
Here are photos of the accident: