Kenyan athlete, Nicholas Bett died Wednesday in a car accident near his home in the western region of his country.
The 28-year-old Bett, the father of two-year-old twins, made his name at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing where he surprised the field by taking gold.
However, the 2015 world 400 metre hurdles champion, whose twin brother AronKoech is also an international 400m hurdler, struggled to replicate that form.
Bett was disqualified in his heat at the 2016 Rio Olympics after hitting a hurdle and was unable to defend his world title in London in 2017 due to injury.
While Kenya topped the table in last week’s African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, Bett was forced to pull out of his race, again due to injury.
Nandi county police commander Patrick Wambani said from the scene of the crash: “The accident occurred when his vehicle hit a bump and rolled and he died on the spot.”
An official of Athletics Kenya (AK), Barnaba Korir added: “It is very sad because I talked to him yesterday. He had gone to Nairobi Hospital to see a doctor because of the injury he picked up in Asaba. We got the reports (of his death) and, as AK, we are saddened beyond words.”
World track and field governing body, IAAF also stated that they were deeply saddened and shocked by the news.