Garvais Hakizimana, the Rwandese coach of world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum, and Sharon Kosgey, a lady identified as one of Kiptum’s passengers, were involved in a fatal accident. The accident occurred on Sunday at 11pm in the Kaptagat area along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road.
Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers on board when he lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road. He hit a big tree before landing in a ditch about 60 meters away from the road. Both Kiptum and Hakizimana died instantly while Sharon escaped with serious injuries. She was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention.
The bodies of the athlete and his coach were taken to the Racecourse Hospital mortuary while their vehicle was badly damaged and towed to Kaptagat Police Station. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, this was a self-involved accident where one Kelvin Kiptum, who held the world marathon record of two hours and 35 seconds, was driving his vehicle with two passengers.
Kiptum had recently ratified his marathon record just last week by the World Athletics and 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.