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Kenya's 400m hurdles champ Nicholas Bett killed in car crash

AFP  |  Nairobi 

Kenyan Nicholas Bett, the 2015 world 400 metre hurdles champion, was killed Wednesday in a near his home in western Kenya, police said.

"The accident occurred when his vehicle hit a bump and rolled and he died on the spot," county said from the scene of the crash.

The 28-year-old Bett, the father of two-year-old twins, made his name at in where he surprised the field by taking gold. He has since struggled to replicate that form.

Bett, whose twin brother is also an international 400m hurdler, was disqualified in his heat at the 2016 Rio after hitting a hurdle and was unable to defend his world title in in 2017 due to

While topped the table in last week's in Asaba, Nigeria, was forced to pull out of his race, again due to

"It is very sad because I talked to him yesterday. He had gone to to see a doctor because of the he picked up in Asaba," said Barnaba Korir, an with Athletics (AK).

"This morning we got the reports (of his death) and, as AK, we are saddened beyond words."

Track and field's governing body, the IAAF, said it was "deeply saddened and shocked" by the

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 14:40 IST