Nicholas Bett, former world 400m hurdles champion, dies


(FILES) In file photo taken on August 25, 2015 shows Kenya's Nicholas Bett celebrating winning the final ...
(FILES) In file photo taken on August 25, 2015 shows Kenya's Nicholas Bett celebrating winning the final of the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing. Nicholas Bett became the first Kenyan to win the world 400m hurdles in Beijing, and the 25-year-old is back for the Commonwealths after battling leg injuries for nearly two years. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier MORIN

In Summary

  • Born in January 27, 1990, Nicholas Bett was the second born in a family of three.
  • His twin brother Haron Koech is also in the Kenyan Olympics team.
  • He leaves behind his wife Gladys and three children.

Former World 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident in Nandi.

Nandi County Police Commander Patrick Wambani confirmed the incident that took place on Wednesday morning.

Bett was the first Kenyan athlete to win a world title in sprints clocking 47.79 seconds during his stint at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing China in 2015.

He also broke the previous world record that stood at 48.24 seconds at the time.

Born in January 27, 1990, Nicholas Bett was the second born in a family of three.

According to the IAAF website, he comes from an athletic family with his father having introduced him to the sport an an early age.

“My dad used to make hurdles for us when we were young using sticks. After coming back from herding cows, he would make us jump them in competition amongst ourselves,” a story on the website reads.

The car that Nicholas Bett was in. Photo/COURTESY
The car that Nicholas Bett was in. Photo/COURTESY

His twin brother Haron Koech is also in the Kenyan Olympics team. Nicholas Bett leaves behind his wife Gladys and three children.

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