NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett of Kenya is hopeful he will
redeem his career starting with victory at the Commonwealth
Games in Gold Coast from April 4-15.
will be the second time Bett will be competing in the Club Games
after failing to make the finals at the 2014 edition in Glasgow.
emerged from obscurity to stake claim to the gold at the Beijing
Worlds in 2015, but his star dimmed thereafter compounded with
poor form and injury.
missed the Beijing Olympics after being disqualified in the
preliminary rounds and his comeback last year ended prematurely
as he pulled out of Shanghai Diamond League meeting with a right
“It is over now. I started treatment after returning from
Shanghai in May and now I feel am back to my best form,” he said
on Wednesday in Nairobi.
The 28-year-old started his training in November last year with
endurance tests and moved to South Africa, where he camped for
two months. But he is back in Nairobi ahead of the Kenya trials
for the Commonwealth games on Saturday.
have put behind the disappointment from Rio Olympics and the
withdrawal from the 2017 World Championships. I have regained my
fitness and now the target it to get the ticket for Commonwealth
Games,” said Bett.
The former Africa 400m bronze medalist has a personal best time
of 47.79 from Beijing but will have to face a stiff challenge
from compatriots his brother Haron Koech, a semi-finalist at the
London Worlds and Rio Olympics 400m hurdles silver medalist
Boniface Mucheru. Others are Aron Koech, Emmanuel Lagat, David
Saruni and Cosmas Meli.