Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have mourned the sudden death of Nicholas Bett the 400m world champion.
The 28-year-old died at the scene in Nandi County after the car he was driving veered off the road on Wednesday morning, according to local media.
“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,” Said Uhuru.
Bett was on his way home to Kenyan capital Nairobi from the African Championships in Nigeria, which finished on Monday.
Deputy president William Ruto termed Bett as an affable, popular lad who was adored by his peers.
“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,” He posted.
The accident happened in an area that athletes use for high-altitude training.
Earlier this year, he competed in the Commonwealth Games in Australia where he came eighth in the 400m hurdles.