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Former World Half Marathon Champion Passes On

The 1998 world half marathon champion Paul Koech died on Tuesday (September 4, 2018) after a short illness.

Koech who was the Athletics Kenya (AK)) Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) branch vice chairman passed on at the Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi where he was rushed after becoming ill.

According to sources, Koech fell ill and was admitted at the facility after complaining of a severe headache.

Koech’s death comes less than a month after the death of the 2015 World 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett who died in a tragic road accident.

Koech who rose to the rank of a Major in the Kenyan army was born in 1969 in the Burnt Forest area of Rift Valley province.

He represented Kenya at the World Cross Country Championships on six occasions between 1996 and 2003, finishing in the top six individually and taking a team gold medal on each occasion.

Koech also represented Kenya on the track internationally where missed a medal by whisker by settling for a fourth place finish  in the 10,000m at the 1997 World Championships in Athens where his niece, Sally Barsosio, struck gold in the women’s event.

He pushed five times World Cross Country champion Paul Tergat to break the 10,000m world record in 26:27.85 in Brussels, Belgium and made Koech the third-fastest man in history at that time.

Now, 21 years on from that race’s time that he posted of 26:36.26, Koech sits at number seven on the world all-time list.

In 1998, he took the individual silver medal behind Tergat and team gold at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Marrakech, Morocco, gold at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Uster, Switzerland and gold at the now defunct IAAF World Road Relay Championships in Manaus, Brazil.

In a statement, Athletics Kenya said: “Athletics Kenya with sorrow, regret to announce the sudden demise of Major Paul Koech, a co-opted member in Athletics Kenya Executive Committee.”

The statement further read: Major Paul was a great track, cross country and road racing athlete of all times. A dedicated team player in Kenya’s national team and World Cross Country squad.

Conseslus Kipruto dedicates his Birmingham win to Nicholas Bett

World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase gold medalist Conseslus Kipruto dedicated his Birmingham win to the fallen 400m hurdles hero immediately after winning the race at Alexander Stadium.

In his social media page of Face the African water hurdle champion said,” I’m dedicating my winning today in IAAF Birmingham to our lost beloved brother Nicholas Bett. My his soul rest in peace”

The commonwealth champion took 8:14.33 and was followed closely by Chala Beyo from Ethiopia who crossed the line 28 seconds later.

Nicholas Kiptanui Bett finishing third in 8:16.44.

Kipchoge Keino : I Will Educate Nicholas Bett’s Children

Former National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) chairman Kipchoge Keino promised mourners at the former 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett’s children will get free education.. 

The former Olympic champion owns two schools, The Kipchge Keino High school based in Turbo along Eldoret Bungoma highway and one at Kazi Mingi Farm.

“We have lost a young man who has just started his family. With such pain, the widow may not manage to educate all children but am promising this congregation and the family that Bett’s children will be enrolled for free at my school,” Kipchoge promised.

Bett died last week at road accident along Kapsabet-Nakuru Highway.

Source: dailysport.co.ke

Deputy President William Ruto leads athletes as they bury Nicholas Bett

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto led athletes drawn from across the country mourned the departed former world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett who was buried today at his home in Simat, Uasin Gishu County.

When each athlete moved to watch the body, tears rolled freely prompting head coach Julius Kirwa to provide a crying shoulder.

IAAF athletes representative and multiple world steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi, 400m runner Maximila Imali failed to control their emotions during their speeches.

Three time world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop and champion Eliud Kipchoge and Imali spoke on behalf of athletes who recounted on how Bett was an outing going runner.

Deputy President William Ruto leads athletes as they bury Nicholas Bett. Photo: Courtesy

Imali said that they suffered together in Nigeria but he managed to ensure that we were happy in the camp. It is painful to lose painful to lose such young talent.

“Despite his nagging injury, he was a man who determined to take on the rest. As athletes, we encouraged him and gave him confidence that he can run but he left us due to God’s plan. As a Christian, I encourage every athlete that bett has left us but that is our way,” mourned Imali.

She advised Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett, who was present to take one of the families to be recruited in the police to replace Bett.

“I am appealing to the IG that during police recruitment exercise, we would like to recruit one of the family member fill Bett’s gap,” added Imali.

Kiprop who was in the world Athletics championships in Beijing, China said it was a sad, moment to lose a neighbor whom they have been working together and the world, Africa and Kenya as a whole have lost a treasure.

We have lost treasure to every individual across the globe. As a member of Beijing team and coming from the same area, we won gold for this country and topped the world. That was the most memorable moment for both the country, athletes and the world at large,” said Kiprop.

Bett was a police officer based at the Kondele Police station in Kisumu County, was accorded the ceremonial police send off by his former comrades.

Source: dailysport.co.ke

Deputy President William Ruto to Attend Nicholas Bett’s Burial

Deputy President William Ruto will lead other top brass government and athletics fraternity during the burial of the late Nicholas Bett at his home in Simat village, Uasin Gishu County on Thursday.

Area MP Oscar Sudi confirmed that Deputy President William Ruto will be joining the mourners.

“Bett is a big man in this country and we are expecting DP to attend since he comes from this county,” said Sudi.

At the same time, Abraham Mutai, the Central Rift Athletics Kenya chairman said that top athletes across the world will be attending the burial ceremony.

“We are expecting International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) officials tomorrow,” said Mutai.

He added that Bett was an international athlete and his latest assignment in Asaba, Nigeria was both an IAAF and CAA event.

“He ran well in Asaba and we are expecting top brass officials to grace his last day. Due to such dignitaries, we have planned for a VIP section,” added Mutai.

Nicholas Bett family Blocks Woman Claiming to Be His Wife from Burying Him

Woman claiming to be the wife of the late World 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett has been blocked by his family members from ever stepping in his home.

According to Brenda Bett, she met Nicholas Bett in 2016 at her dad’s funeral and later moved in together with Nicholas in December of the same year. In 2017 August, the two relocated back to Eldoret as the athlete pursued his running career and the two were blessed with daughter Kyle.

Brenda, Nicholas and Kyle Bett. Photo: Courtesy

Nicholas Bett who was a police officer was later transferred to Nairobi’s Langata Police Station where he lived with Brenda and Kyle until his death a few weeks ago.

According to Brenda, Nicholas left Nairobi for Eldoret where he had an appointment with a doctor. In fact, on the morning of his death, Brenda was to drive Nicholas Bett to Eldoret since he had an injury but baby Kyle got sick and the mother had to rush her to the hospital.

Brenda and Nicholas were planning a wedding which every member of his family and hers was aware of but now his side of the family has promised to hurt her if she ever steps in her home. According to Brenda, she has been blocked from burying the love of her life.

Sources close to Nicholas Bett corroborates the story of Brenda claiming that, the late athlete impregnated a girl while he was still in high school. Since the girl was from the nearby area, Bett was forced to marry the girl he impregnated but there was no formal church or traditional marriage ceremony to cement the relationship.

Brenda has availed photos showing her with Bett and Kyle in various situations while also claiming that his colleagues at the Kenya Police knew their relationship and can back her up.

When Nicholas Bett’s death was announced, Brenda posted a hearty message remembering the love of her life, but the post was immediately stolen by Gladys Bett who just changed a few words and used the same on her personal Facebook page.

Source: kahawatungu.com

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga Mourn Nicholas Bett

President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister joined Kenyans and sending the condolence messages to fallen former 400m hurdles champion Bett.

President Uhuru’s tweet had this to say, “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 honors in his outstanding victories. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his family, relatives and friends”.

Former Prime Minister was more poignant marking the shock loss with deep, poetical words that both portrayed the impact Bett had on the athletics stage and the huge gap his passing has caused. Raila said, “Go well Bett. You went too fast too early and left our field poorer and weaker. May your spirit fire our athletes to greater exploits.

Other Kenyans continued their outpouring of grief on social media with the loss of Nicholas Bett leaving a huge dent. It is indeed a big loss to the Kenya and world at large.

Lornah Kiplagat the 2007 World Cross Country Championships also through her facebook account mourned the fallen hero, “First I was upset with people for rushing with news which might not be true and I was really hoping to hear from someone that it’s not true.

I’m saddened and shocked to hear that Kenya’s 2015 world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett , 28, died in a car accident.

May His soul rest in peace. Condolences to his family,friends and to all in Kenya athletics.”

Bett died after the car he was driving hit a bump on the road leading to the car losing control and rolling several times. He was the only occupant in the car.

Who was Nicholas Bett?

Kenya’s world champion hurdler Nicholas Bett tragically died on Wednesday.

Bett passed away just a day after returning home from the Continental Championships in Nigeria.

The news of his death has left the athletics world reeling.

Track and field’s world governing body, the IAAF, said it was “deeply saddened and shocked” by the news of the father of two’s death.

Barnabas Korir, an official with Athletics Kenya (AK), said: “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.

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

Nicholas Bett car after it veered off the road and rolled into the ditch. Photo: Courtesy

Kenyan Sports Minister Rashid Echesa added: “On behalf of the sporting fraternity and moscakenya I convey my sincerest condolences to his family. Rest in peace.”

How did Nicholas Bett die?

The Kenyan athlete was killed in a car crash.

The incident occurred after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch.

Police commander Patrick Wambani confirmed that Bett hit a bump before losing control of his car.

Where did the incident occur?

Bett was killed while travelling in Lessos, Nandi, in his home country of Kenya.

He is understood to have died at the scene.

How old was Nicholas Bett and why was he a history-maker?

Bett was just 28 years old.

The 400 metre hurdler made history at the 2015 world championships in Beijing by winning the gold medal

In doing so, he became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in a short distance race on the world stage. He ran a personal best of 47.79 seconds to claim victory in the Bird’s Nest.

He did not qualify for the final at the Olympic Games in Rio the following year, after being disqualified in his heat for hitting a hurdle. He had been expected to place among the medalists.

Unfortunately, he was unable to defend his world title in London in 2017 due to injury, one of a number he suffered in recent years; in last week’s African Athletics Championships he was forced to pull out of his race due to another.

Nevertheless, he was a two-time African Championship medallist.

Nicholas Bett dies in a car crash

Former World Championship 400m hurdles gold medallist Nicholas Bett has died in a car crash.

The 28-year-old was killed in Nandi County a day after returning from the Continental Championships in Nigeria.

Bett made history in China after becoming the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in a short distance race on the world stage.

He took gold in the 2015 World Championships at the famous Bird’s Nest stadium – home of the Olympics in 2008.

He is a also two-time African Senior Championship medallist, whose twin brother Haron Koech is also a 400 metres hurdler.

His family and county police commander Patrick Wambani confirmed the tragic news.

Bett died on the spot after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch.

The commander added that the athlete hit a bump before losing control of his car.

Bett’s finest moment was magnificent run in the Bird’s Nest stadium back in 2015 where the he ran a personal best 47.79seconds to claim the gold.

He did not qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio, but finished eighth in recent Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Kenya upbeat for medals in Asaba 2018 African Championships

Team Kenya is eyeing to top the tally of the 2018 African Championships in Athletics (ACA) in Asaba, Nigeria despite some delayed action on Wednesday.

The distance running powerhouse last topped the medal charts at their home event in Nairobi 2010 where they bagged 10 gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals to finish ahead of Nigeria and South Africa.

Despite falling victims to the travel chaos that saw the team stranded for 48 hours at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos before finally arriving at the Delta State city on Wednesday afternoon, the East African nation has set sights on dominating the biannual track and field showpiece.

“We are here to compete and win as many medals as possible despite the hiccups here and there, which is normal and it happens with a lot of people coming to Nigeria,” Kenya Team Manager, Abraham Mutai said upon arrival in Asaba.

“We are still focused to taking all the medals, this is a big team from Kenya, we are almost a team of 90 with around 65 athletes and we are ready. As a Team Leader, I’m ready, keeping my team together and focused on what we came to do here,” he added.

The country will be seeking to open their medal account in the men’s 10,000m final on the opening day later Wednesday that organisers reduced to only three events following the travel disorder that delayed the arrival of participating teams.

Reigning world and Commonwealth champions, Elijah Manangoi (men’s 1,500m) and Hellen Obiri (women’s 5,000m) lead a loaded cast of 61 Kenyan athletes that includes past and current world-beaters.

Among others to watch include Beijing 2015 world champions, Julius Yego (men’s Javelin) and Nicholas Bett (men’s 400m Hurdles) as well as London 2017 World Championships silver winner, Timothy Cheruiyot (men’s 1,500m) who is the fastest runner at his distance in the world this year.

“Team Kenya, welcome to Asaba Delta State. Let us take everything in our stride with our usual humility. Good luck and God bless,” Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jack Tuwei said in an earlier statement to the athletes upon their arrival in Asaba.

Kenya finished third at the last edition of the event, Marrakech 2014 in Morocco behind South Africa and Nigeria with seven gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals.