On Sunday, a tragic accident claimed the lives of world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana. The incident happened on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, which is known for being a high-altitude training base for long-distance runners.
According to Milcah Chemos, who went to the hospital to see Kiptum’s body, the 24-year-old athlete was on track to become a superstar of long-distance running. Reports indicate that a third person, a woman, also sustained serious injuries in the crash.
Kiptum had set new world records in several marathons, including Chicago Marathon in October where he broke Eliud Kipchoge’s mark with a time of 2:00.35. His achievements were recognized by international track federation World Athletics and Kenyan athletics federation president Jackson Tuwei sent officials to the area after learning about the accident.
Kiptum’s career began with immediate success as he set the fastest time ever by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon and won both London and Chicago races in 2019. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe expressed his condolences on behalf of the global athletic community acknowledging Kelvin’s remarkable achievements during his short but impactful career.