Kenya’s marathon world record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, and his coach tragically killed in a road accident

A tragic road accident occurred on Sunday night involving Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. According to the Kenyan police, both Kiptum and Hakizimana lost their lives in the accident just outside Eldoret. The 24-year-old athlete was driving a Toyota Premio at the time of the accident.

A third person in the vehicle survived but sustained serious injuries. The accident happened around 11 p.m. local time and was attributed to Kiptum losing control of the vehicle, veering off the road, and colliding with a tree.

Kelvin Kiptum had recently set a new marathon world record with a time of 2:00:35 in October’s Chicago Marathon. This time was recently ratified by World Athletics. Kiptum was considered a bright prospect in the sport, having switched to running marathons only a year prior to setting the record. His time surpassed a previous record set by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who is renowned as one of the greatest marathoners of all time.

Gervais Hakizimana was a 36-year-old coach from Rwanda who had participated in various race distances before becoming Kiptum’s coach. He had been instrumental in guiding his young protégé to success in the sporting world, making this news even more heartbreaking for both Kenya and athletic communities worldwide.

By Editor

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