Tragic Accident Claims Lives of Record-Holding Marathon Runner and Coach: Kelvin Kiptum and Garvais Hakizaman

World Marathon Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum Dies in Tragic Traffic Accident

In a tragic turn of events, Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record-holder, and his coach Garvais Hakizaman have passed away in a traffic accident. The Kenyan athlete, aged 24, achieved an incredible feat when he broke the world marathon record in Chicago in October with a time of two hours and 35 seconds. This monumental achievement earned him accolades and admiration from all corners of the globe.

The news of Kiptum’s death was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga and Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga. Odinga expressed the nation’s grief over the loss of a true hero in Kiptum. In 2023, Kiptum won two marathons, including breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds. He had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April.

The athletic community and the nation of Kenya are mourning the untimely passing of this talented athlete. His legacy will live on as a true inspiration to all those who knew him and aspired to follow in his footsteps. May he rest in peace and be remembered as a hero who gave his all to his sport.

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