The accident occurred when Bett's vehicle hit a bump on the road between Eldoret and Kapsabet and rolled over. "He died on the spot," said Nandi county police commander Patrick Wambani. "Our condolences to his family and the entire athletics fraternity," Athletics Kenya said on social media. The IAAF, athletics' world governing body, added: "The IAAF is deeply saddened and shocked to hear that Kenya’s 2015 world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett, 28, died in a car accident. RIP." As a youngster, Bett's preferred sport was volleyball. After switching to athletics, he initially showed promise in the 110m hurdles but gravitated towards the longer event. He coached himself for several years into a 49-second performer. In 2014 the Kenyan coach Vincent Mumo introduced the then 24-year-old Bett to Jukka Harkonen, who became his agent and organised a link-up with the South African coach Hennie Kotze. Bett’s training stints in Finland and South Africa led to significant technical … [Read more...] about Kenyan champion hurdler Nicholas Bett dies in car accident
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(CNN)Here's some background information about the Summer Olympics, which is held every four years. The 2020 Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo. Paris is slated to be the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games. The 2028 Olympic Games will be held in Los Angeles, marking the first time since 1996 the competition is taking place in the United States. In 2016, the Games were held August 5-21, in Rio de Janeiro. Read More Summer Olympics:The first revival of the Olympics was held in Athens, Greece from April 6, 1896 to April 15, 1896. The first modern Olympic champion was James Connolly (USA), who won the triple jump event. Fourteen nations and 241 athletes (all men) competed in 43 events at the first modern Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame was first lit during the opening ceremony of the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Aquatics:1896 - Swimming is part of the first modern Olympic games in Athens. The first events are freestyle and breaststroke.1900 - Men's water polo is added … [Read more...] about Summer Olympics Competitions Fast Facts
Story highlights Croatia to play France in World Cup final Country of four million competing in its first final Final to be played July 15, 16:00 BST (CNN)On the morning after the night before, eyes learning to refocus again after giddily celebrating Croatia reaching a first World Cup final, Anita Sambol jumped into her car and made the 60 kilometer journey to Zagreb. She needed a passport. Urgently. She, like her country's footballers, was on her way to Moscow for the World Cup final, to be a witness to a momentous moment in her country's history. "It's been really crazy, crazy, crazy here during the World Cup," she says, speaking to CNN Sport from her Croatian home. "Wednesday it all went on a completely other level. It was just pure happiness, pure celebrations." Follow @cnnsport It was on floodlit Wednesday night in the Russian capital, of course, that Croatia's footballers dug into their infinite reserves of energy to crush English dreams in a gripping World Cup … [Read more...] about What’s the secret to Croatia’s footballing success?
Gold Coast (Australia) (AFP) - Indian boxing star Mary Kom opened up on the heartache she faced returning to competition after having children as she captured her first Commonwealth Games title on Saturday at the age of 35. Mother-of-three Kom, the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, won a unanimous points decision over Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in their light-flyweight final on Australia's Gold Coast. It is Kom's first Commonwealth medal of any colour and burnishes a heaving trophy cabinet that already includes an Olympic bronze from London 2012 and five amateur world championship titles. The trail-blazer, known in India as "Magnificent Mary", celebrated with a victory parade on her coach's shoulders and she had tears in her eyes afterwards. Kom, devastated not to gain a wildcard for the 2016 Rio Olympics, gave mixed signals about whether she would now target the Tokyo 2020 Games and a first Olympic gold. "That is difficult to say, but I will try," said Kom, who is already … [Read more...] about Indian trail-blazer Kom finally bags Commonwealth gold
Gold Coast (Australia) (AFP) - Even the presence of sprint legend Usain Bolt failed to inspire Jamaica's track athletes at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday as they suffered another beating in the women's 200 metres. As Bolt looked on from the VIP seats in his new ambassadorial role, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson failed even to medal, adding to Jamaica's troubles on the Gold Coast after missing out on both 100m titles. Shaunae Miller-Uibo romped to victory for the Bahamas in the women's 200m in a new Games record of 22.09 to further darken Bolt's mood after Yohan Blake's 100m flop on Monday, when he had to settle for bronze. Miller-Uibo was presented her gold medal by none other than Bolt, the eight-time Olympic champion. "It's a pleasure getting it from a great like him," Miller-Uibo told reporters. "Me and Elaine, we compete a lot and she always brings her A-game. I think we put on a great show." Shericka Jackson did at least take silver for Jamaica behind Miller-Uibo as … [Read more...] about Faltering Jamaicans give Bolt the Commonwealth blues