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
Former world champion hurdler Nicholas Bett, 28, has been killed in a car accident in Kenya. He had just returned from the African Championships in Nigeria.
Bett won the gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in 2015. It was the first time a Kenyan had won gold at any distance of less than 800m.
Bett’s twin brother, Aron Koech, is also a 400m hurdler. The two often competed side by side, with Koech finishing 19th in the semifinals at Beijing, then making the Olympic final in 2016 while Bett was disqualified in the heats. Bett did not compete at the 2017 world championships due to injury.
Bett was the father of two-year-old twins.