|Nicholas Kiplagat Bett was born on 27 January 1990 in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya and died on 8 August 2018. He was a Kenyan track and field athlete who competed in the 400 metres hurdles. His personal best for the event is 47.79 seconds. He was a world champion in the event, having won in 2015 and a two-time bronze medalist at the African Championships in Athletics.|
|Born||27 January 1990 Uasin Gishu County, Kenya|
|Died||8 August 2018 (aged 28) in Nandi County, Kenya|
|Cause of Death||Road Accident|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb)|
|Event(s)||400 metres hurdles|
|Coached by||Vincent Mumo Kiilu|
Nicholas Bett Biography
Nicholas Bett first outing at the national level was in 2010 when he was a Kenyan junior finalist. He made his breakthrough nationally at senior level with a run of 50.39 seconds to place third at the Kenyan Athletics Championships in 2011. Bett missed most of the 2012 season but returned in 2013 with runner-up finishes at both the national championships and world trials. A new best of 49.70 seconds at the National Championships placed him near the top fifty globally for the season.
Nicholas Bett finished in a runners-up place at national level earning him a selection for both the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 African Championships in Athletics. At the Commonwealth Games, he failed to make the hurdles final and was also eliminated in the heats of the 4×400 metres relay after Kenya was disqualified. A bronze medal double came at African level: he achieved a new personal best in the 400 m hurdles final to come third in a time of 49.03 seconds. A team of Mark Mutai, Solomon Buoga, Bett, and Boniface Mucheru took third in the 4×400 m relay.
Bett began to compete on the international track and field circuit in 2015 and registered wins at the Savo Games and Lappeenranta Games in Finland. A personal best of 48.29 seconds at the 2015 Athletics Kenya World Championship Trials brought him selection for the national team and raised him to be third on the global rankings.
Nicholas Bett Twin Brother
Nicholas Bett has a twin brother, Haron Koech, who is also a 400 metres hurdler.
Nicholas Bett Death and Cause
Bett died in a road accident in Nandi County on 8 August 2018. He was on his way back home after the African Championships in Athletics held in Nigeria.
Nicholas Bett is survived by his wife ,Gladys and three children.
Nicholas Bett Funeral
He was buried on 15 August 2018 in his Simat home in Uasin Gishu County.
Deputy President @WilliamsRuto is expected to lead the government delegation at the burial of former world 400 meters hurdles champion Nicholas Bett who will be buried today at his Simat home in Lemook village, Uasin Gishu county.#RIPNicholasBett pic.twitter.com/SDqz5efzxy
— Team William RUTO (@TeamWiliamRuto) August 16, 2018
Condolence Messages – Twitter
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
Bett was part of the triumphant squad that topped the medal standings in the African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba. 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.
— William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) August 8, 2018
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 pic.twitter.com/7LOcEjXP5r
— Chris Kirubi (@CKirubi) August 8, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/HOmIIioYz0
— Hon. Charles Keter (@ketercharles) August 8, 2018
I mourn the passing on of Nicholas Bett. He was a great inspiration to Kenyan Athletes. We must make our roads safe.
— Sen.Moses Wetang'ula (@Wetangulam) 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.
— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 8, 2018