Nairobi. KENYA: Deputy President William Ruto has joined Kenyans in mourning the untimely death of the former world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett.
In his condolence message, Ruto termed Bett’s death as a big loss to the country and to the athletic fraternity. ‘’He was an affable, popular lad who was adored by his peers. We have lost a hero and a sporting great. May his soul Rest in Peace,’’ read in part his statement.
Sports CS Rashid Echesa has also mourned Bett through his twitter handle where he condoled with the family of the late for the loss of a national hero.
Nicholas Bett died at the scene in Nandi County after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch on Wednesday morning, according to Nandi Police Commander Patrick Wambani.
Bett made history at the 2015 Beijing World Championships when he became the first Kenyan to win a world championship gold medal in 400m hurdles.