On the night of August 24th, in a tragic turn of events, marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana lost their lives in a road accident outside Eldoret, Kenya. The 24-year-old Kenyan athlete was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred around 11 p.m. local time.
Just days before the accident, Kiptum’s marathon time of 2:00:35 set in the Chicago Marathon was ratified by World Athletics. This marked a significant milestone for the young athlete, who had only recently switched to running the marathon from shorter distance races.
Kiptum’s impressive performance on the track earned him widespread acclaim and recognition as a potential contender to run the marathon in under 2 hours. Hakizimana, 36, was a former professional athlete from Rwanda who had participated in various races ranging from the 5,000 meter to the half marathon.
The third occupant in the vehicle survived with serious injuries and is being treated at a local hospital. This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.