Mon. Feb 26th, 2024
Kenya’s marathon world record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, and his coach tragically killed in a road accident

Gervais Hakizimana, the coach of Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, and Kiptum himself died in a fatal road accident Sunday night. The accident happened just outside Eldoret in the Rift Valley town at around 11 p.m. local time. According to Kenyan police, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio at the time of the accident and lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road and colliding with a tree. A third person in the vehicle survived but sustained serious injuries.

Kelvin Kiptum was only 24 years old and had recently set a new marathon world record with a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October. His time was ratified by World Athletics, making him a bright prospect in the sport. He had switched to running marathons only a year prior to setting the record, which 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 former professional athlete from Rwanda who had participated in various race distances. This is a developing story.

By Editor

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