Nicholas Bett, gold medallist in the 400-metre hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, has died in a car crash in his home country of Kenya.
Per Andrew Gilpin of the Mirror, the incident took place in Nandi County, Kenya, just a day after the 28-year-old had returned from the Continental Championships in Nigeria.
Athletics Kenya, the sport's governing body in the East African country, tweeted condolences to Bett's family.
Athletics Kenya (AK) @athletics_kenya
We regrets to learn of the sudden demise of one of our top athletes, the 2015 400m Hurdles World Champion #NicholasKiplagatBett who represented Kenya in the just concluded Africa Championships. Our condolences to his family and the entire athletics fratanity @moscakenya @iaaforg https://t.co/abT1mF9YIn
His twin brother, Haron Koech, is also a 400-metre hurdler.
Bett's gold medal at the 2015 World Championships, won with a time of 47.79 seconds at the iconic Bird's Nest stadium, broke new ground for Kenya.
A nation famed for its long-distance athletes, no Kenyan had ever before triumphed at a distance shorter than 800 metres.
As well as his gold in Beijing, Bett also claimed bronze medals in the 400-metre hurdles and 4x400-metre relay at the 2014 African Championships in Marrakech, Morocco.