Kenyan hurdler Nicholas Bett dies in a car crash

Kenya’s 2015 world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett, 28, died in a car accident on Tuesday.

Producing the biggest performance of his life and possibly of the Beijing champs, Bett won the gold medal in the 400m hurdles whilst also setting a Kenyan record of 47.79.

Bett's sporting career began with volleyball before switching to athletics where he gravitated towards the 400m event and coached himself for a number of years before his obvious ability caught the eye of coach Vincent Mumo, who in turn connected him to South African coach Hennie Kotze.

Unable to replicate the form he had in 2015, Bett was diqualified from Olympic Games in Rio for hitting a hurdle but ended his season winning at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

His 2017 season was cut short by injury was showing promise again in 2018 as he reached the 400m hurdles finals at both the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the African Championships in Asaba.

Bett, whose twin brother Aron Koech is also an international 400m hurdler, was himself a father to two-year-old twins.

Our condolences go out to Bett's family and friends.