Kenyan world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car accident

Kenya’s Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record holder, tragically passed away in a road accident on Sunday. The 24-year-old had won the London Marathon in April and set the world record in Chicago in October. In a police report, it was stated that Kiptum lost control of his vehicle while driving in Kaptagat, south-west Kenya, at 11pm local time. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also died in the crash, with a third person being taken to the hospital.

The prime minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, along with the minister for sports, Ababu Namwamba, expressed their heartbreak over the loss of Kelvin Kiptum. The president of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe, was also deeply saddened by the news. He described Kiptum as an incredible athlete who is leaving behind an incredible legacy.

According to local county commander Peter Mulinge, the accident was caused by Kiptum losing control of his vehicle and striking a tree before landing in a ditch. Unfortunately for Kiptum and Hakizimana, they were killed instantly while a third passenger was taken to a hospital in Eldoret.

Kelvin Kiptum recently had his world record ratified by World Athletics and announced plans to become the first athlete to run an official marathon in under two hours in Rotterdam in April. However, his untimely death has shocked the sports world as he leaves behind many unfulfilled dreams and an indelible legacy on the track.

By Editor

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