In a tragic turn of events, Kelvin Kiptum, the record-breaking marathon runner, and his coach Gervais Hakizimana lost their lives in a car accident on February 11 in Kenya at the age of 24. The news has left the athletic community in shock and deep mourning.
Kiptum achieved a remarkable world record in the marathon in October in Chicago, running it in 2:00:35. He was only 23 when he set this record, beating the previous one held by Eliud Kipchoge. His career as a marathon runner was short but illustrious; he won his first marathon in Valencia, Spain in 2022 and later triumphed in the 2022 London Marathon. He had plans to attempt to break the 2-hour barrier at the Rotterdam Marathon in April 2024.
Hakizimana had spoken about Kiptum’s intense training regime, revealing that he sometimes trained up to 300 kilometers per week. The accident that took the lives of both Kiptum and Hakizimana occurred when Kiptum lost control of the Toyota Premio he was driving. Both men passed away on the scene while a third passenger was taken to the hospital.
World Athletics ratified Kiptum’s record on February 6 after his tragic death. Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics, expressed his condolences to their families, friends, teammates and the Kenyan nation after their tragic loss and highlighted