Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana and world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum have tragically lost their lives in a road accident along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road at Kaptagat area. The accident occurred on Sunday at 11pm, according to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge.
Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers on board- Garvais and a lady identified as Sharon Kosgey. Sharon escaped with serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention, while the bodies of the athlete and his coach were taken to the Racecourse Hospital mortuary.
The vehicle was badly damaged and was towed to Kaptagat Police Station. “This was a self-involved accident where one Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record holder, was driving his vehicle with two passengers. Kiptum and Hakizimana died on the spot and the third person was rushed to Racecourse Hospital in Eldoret,” said the County Commander.
Kiptum’s marathon record of two hours and 35 seconds was ratified just last week by World Athletics, positioning him perfectly to run under two hours at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year. He was also in the Kenyan team picked for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, making this loss an even greater tragedy for both Kenya’s running community and athletics fans around the world.