Kenyans, and by extension the world of sport is in mourning this morning after it emerged that former 400m hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett died in a road crash.
Family and Nandi Police commander Patrick Wambani confirmed that the accident happened near Lessos, along the Eldoret-Kapsabet road in Nandi.
This comes just a few days after Bett returned from Nigeria where he represented Kenya in continental championships.
According to eye witnesses, Nicholas Bett was driving a silver Prado that veered off the road before hitting a ditch.
It is not yet clear what caused the car to veer off the road.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is among key figures who poured tribute to the departed hero.
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. pic.twitter.com/9Xgqt1tFr3
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) August 8, 2018
The IAAF is deeply saddened and shocked to hear that Kenya’s 2015 world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett, 28, died in a car accident on Tuesday (7). RIP.
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— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 8, 2018
MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE.
— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) August 8, 2018
— Julius Yego 🇰🇪OGW (@JuliusYegoKE) August 8, 2018
Bett will be remembered for being the first Kenyan to win gold in 400m hurdles at the world stage in Beijing
Informed Kenyan will furnish you with further details as they emerge.