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

A tragic accident occurred on Sunday night near Eldoret in the Rift Valley region of Kenya, claiming the lives of Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. According to local authorities, Kiptum, a 24-year-old athlete driving a Toyota Premio, lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road before colliding with a tree. A third person in the vehicle survived but sustained serious injuries.

The accident happened around 11 p.m. local time. The cause of the accident was attributed to Kiptum’s loss of control while driving on a wet road, which led him to swerve off the road and into a tree. It is not yet clear what caused Kiptum to lose control of the vehicle at that moment.

Kelvin Kiptum recently set a new marathon world record with a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October. This time was recently ratified by World Athletics, making him an even more promising prospect in the sport. Despite only switching to running marathons just over a year ago, he quickly became known for his impressive performances and was considered one of the brightest prospects in distance running.

Gervais Hakizimana, who died alongside Kiptum in the accident, was also a professional athlete from Rwanda who had competed at various distances throughout his career. Although details about his past achievements are limited, this tragic incident marks another loss for athletics communities across Africa as they continue to mourn those affected by accidents on roads where speeding is commonplace despite increased safety measures being put in place regularly.

By Editor

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