Mon. Feb 26th, 2024
World Marathon Record Holder Kiptum and Coach Die in Tragic Road Accident, Sending Shockwaves Through the Running Community

On Sunday night, a tragic accident occurred on the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road at Kaptagat area. The accident claimed the lives of world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana. 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.

Kiptum was positioning himself 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. However, during the drive, Kiptum lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road before landing in a ditch about 60 meters away and hitting a big tree.

Sharon escaped with serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention, while the bodies of Kiptum and Hakizimana were taken to 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 Mulinge.

By Editor

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