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Commonwealth Games: Bett, the man to beat in 400m heats

ATHLETICS By DENNIS OKEYO | April 9th 2018
Nicholas Bett of Kenya reacts after winning the men's 400m hurdles event during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 25, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Discovering his form, former world 400m hurdles champion, Nicholas Bett, is the man to beat as the he leads his brother Aaron Koech and Willy Mbevi in tomorrow's men 400m heats.

Dogged by series of injuries since winning the World Championships in Beijing in 2015, Bett arrived in Gold Coast with a 48.88 win in Pretoria, South Africa, his season’s best.

This came not long after securing a berth in the Games by winning the Kenyan national championships in 49.14 in February.

Koech, 28, was a semi-finallist at both the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and 2017 in London. He finished seventh at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He boasts personal best times of 48.89 in the 400m hurdles and 49.2 in 400m. He will be running at the Commonwealth Games for the first time.

Mbevi’s career highlight is a 400m hurdles bronze medal from the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

At the 2015 All Africa Games, he finished fourth and sixth in the 400m hurdles and 110m hurdles respectively. 

In the women’s 400m hurdles, Africa Silver medallist over the distance Maureen Jelagat will be making her third stab at the Commonwealth games, having participated in the 2010 and 2014 editions.

Jelagat, won bronze at the 2010 African Championships in Nairobi. She also has two African silver medals in 4x400m relay.

“My body has responded well in training. I'm targeting the final,” said Jelagat. [Dennis Okeyo]

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