Kenya’s former 400m hurdles world champion, Nicholas Bett, has died after a car crash Wednesday.
Local police commander Patrick Wambani reported that Bett, aged 28, was killed after his car struck a bump and veered off the road near Nandi County in Kenya’s high-altitude North Rift region.
Bett had only just returned home from the African Senior Championships in Nigeria on Monday.
Following reports of the accident, Kenya’s Athletics governing body confirmed Bett’s death on Twitter, sending condolences to his family and the entire athletics fellowship.
Kenya’s deputy president, Williams Ruto also expressed his sympathy over Bett’s death, calling it “a big loss to his family, friends, Kenya and the global athletics fraternity,” on Twitter.