A tragic accident claimed the lives of two prominent runners, Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana, on Sunday in western Kenya. According to a press release from World Athletics, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time. The crash happened between Eldoret and Kaptagat, as reported by Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos.
Kiptum had just turned 24 years old and had already made a name for himself in the marathon world. His record-setting performance at the Chicago Marathon last year took place on October 8, 2023, where he finished in 2 hours and 35 seconds. This broke the previous record by an astonishing 34 seconds and was only his third marathon, following his victory in the London Marathon in April 2023 where he finished in 2:01:25. This time was the second-fastest marathon in history at that moment.
The loss of such talented athletes is deeply felt by the athletic community worldwide, and their contributions to the sport will not be forgotten anytime soon. Their dedication and hard work inspired many aspiring runners to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness themselves.