Tragic road accident claims the life of world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana. The 24-year-old Kenyan athlete had won the London Marathon in April and set a world record in Chicago in October. On Sunday night, Kiptum lost control of his vehicle while driving in Kaptagat, south-west Kenya, at 11pm local time. A third person was also injured in the crash and taken to the hospital.
Kenya’s prime minister, Raila Odinga, expressed heartbreak over the loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach. The sports community was deeply saddened by the news as well, with World Athletics president Sebastian Coe calling Kiptum an incredible athlete who left behind an incredible legacy.
According to local county commander Peter Mulinge, the accident was caused by Kiptum losing control of his vehicle while driving on a dirt road near a tree. Both Kiptum and Hakizimana were killed instantly, while the third passenger survived but sustained injuries.
Kelvin Kiptum recently had his world record ratified by World Athletics and had announced plans to become the first athlete to run an official marathon in under two hours in Rotterdam in April. His untimely death has shocked the sports world and left many mourning his loss.
The tragedy has brought attention to road safety issues in Kenya and raised awareness about the dangers of reckless driving on poorly lit roads with poor visibility. The government has promised to investigate the incident thoroughly and implement measures to prevent such accidents from happening again.
Kelvin Kiptum’s legacy will live on through his achievements as a world marathon champion, and he will be remembered as one of Kenya’s greatest athletes who inspired millions around the world with his talent and determination.
In conclusion, Kenya has lost one of its brightest young athletes in a tragic road accident that highlights the need for better road safety measures in our country. We must honor Kelvin Kiptum’s memory by continuing to work towards creating safer roads for all citizens.