Former 400 metres hurdles world champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident at the age of 28.
The Kenyan, crowned world champion in Beijing three years ago, passed away following a crash in Nandi County.
Bett made history when he became the first athlete from his country to win a world gold at a distance shorter than 800m in 2015.
Rashid Echesa, Kenya’s Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage Cabinet Secretary, tweeted: “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.”
Kenya Athletics also paid tribute to Bett, tweeting: “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.”