The entire Kenyan nation is mourning the passing on of 2015 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett.
Bett died in a road accident at Sochoi blackspot a point known as “Shauri Yako” near Lessos on the border between Nandi County and Uasin Gishu County.
Bett, who the father of three, died on the spot after the car he was driving hit bumps on the road and rolled into a ditch.
Here are photos of the accident:
Nicholas Bett became the first Kenyan IAAF World Athletics Championship gold medalist at a distance shorter than 800 metres when he obliterated competition to win the 400 metres hurdles in Beijing in 2015 in a national record, and personal best time as well, of 47.79 seconds.
Kenyans have condoled with Bett’s family and below are some of their messages.
Uhuru Kenyatta: Deeply saddened by the death of former 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett who died today in a tragic road accident. Bett earned the country great honours in his outstanding victories. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his family, relatives and friends.
Wiliam Ruto: The passing on of World Champion Nicholas Bett is tragic and a big loss to his family, friends, Kenya and the global athletics fraternity. He made history in 2015 by being the first Kenyan gold medallist over a short distance in Beijing, China.
Charles Keter: My deepest condolences to the family, friends, all Kenyans and the entire athletics fraternity for the death of a World Champion, Nicholas Bett. He will be remembered for winning the World Championship 400m title in Beijing, China in 2015. May God Rest his soul in Peace.
David Rudisha: Former 400m hurdles Champion Nicholas Bett dies this morning in a road accident in Nandi. May he soul Rest in Peace.
Chris Kirubi: My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Nicholas Bett, the 2015 World 400m hurdles champion. You made 🇰🇪Kenya proud and you will be missed by the entire nation and the Athletics fraternity. We have lost a champion. #RIPNicholasBett
Rashid Echesa: Former 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident in Nandi County. On behalf of the sporting fraternity and @moscakenya I convey my sincerest condolences to his family . Rest in peace .
Florence Ndung’u: Sad morning. Rest in peace Nicholas Bett you had a great future ahead of you. Shine on brother.
Steve Mulatya: sad Wednesday to Kenya sports fraternity, former 400 M hurdles champion , my great friend and chelsean fan Nicholas Bett is no more. Road accident, sasa umeona tu Bett? Who will update on Athletics issues? Nyie mwaíììì.
Kemoi Simon: Sad day for the family, nation and sports fraternity for the sudden promotion to glory of former world Men 400M hurdles Nicholas Bett ….may his soul rest in peace.
Nelson Kosgei: My heartfelt condolences to the family and athletics fraternity for the sudden demise of your brother, Nicholas Bett. You really worked hard to lift the Kenyan flag high. Your best moments being 2015 in Beijing-China.
Lemiso Emmanuel: VERY HEARTBREAKING. FORMER 400M hurdles world champion and 4 by 4 Africa championships winner Nicholas Bett dies in a road crash in Lessos Nandi, family and Nandi Police Commander Patrick Wambani confirm.
Mutuota Mutwiri: What a dark morning. One of the soft-spoken and most affable athletes I’ve ever known, Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships men 400m Hurdles champion #NicholasBett has just jumped his last hurdle in life and gone to heaven. Don’t want to believe it, I’m numb. REST WITH THE ANGELS
Bonface Osano: This gentleman is no more! The Olympic (China) Gold Medallist, Nicholas Bett, died in a car crash in Nandi at only 28, so sad, RIP.
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