NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former world 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.
It 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.
He emerged from
obscurity to stake claim to the gold at the Beijing Worlds in
2015, but his star dimmed thereafter compounded with poor form
He 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 leg injury.
“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.
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.
“I 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