Tragic Accident Claims Lives of Marathon Record-Holder Kelvin Kiptum and Coach Gervais Hakizimana


Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in tragic car crash, confirms fellow athlete

In a tragic turn of events, the world record-holder for the marathon, Kelvin Kiptum, and his coach Gervais Hakizimana died in a car crash in Kenya on Sunday night. The accident occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, where long distance runners often train.

Kiptum’s coach was also killed in the crash. A group of athletes and family members of Kiptum went to the hospital after hearing about the accident. According to reports, a third person was also injured and taken to the same hospital with serious injuries.

Kiptum, who was only 24 years old, set a new world record of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon last October, becoming the first man to run a marathon in under 2 hours, 1 minute. He had immediate success by running the fastest time ever by a marathon debutant at the Valencia Marathon last year and winning both London and Chicago races last year as well.

The Kenyan athletics federation president Jackson Tuwei has already dispatched a team of officials to investigate the incident after being informed about it late Sunday night. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe offered his condolences in a statement on Twitter expressing shock and deep sadness over Kiptum’s passing and that of his coach.

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