On Sunday evening, tragedy struck the world of athletics as marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Garvais Hakizimana were killed in a road accident. The accident occurred on the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road at Kaptagat area. According to Police Commander Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers on board, including Garvais and a lady identified as Sharon Kosgey.
Sharon Kosgey managed to escape with serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention, while the bodies of Kiptum and Hakizimana were taken to the mortuary at the hospital. The vehicle was badly damaged and towed to Kaptagat Police Station.
Kiptum’s marathon record of 2 hours and 35 seconds was ratified just last week by World Athletics. He had positioned himself to run under two hours at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year, and he was also part of the Kenyan team selected for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Mulinge stated that Kiptum lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road, landing in a ditch about 60 meters away before hitting a big tree.