Tragic Loss: World Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum and Coach Gervais Hakizimana Killed in Car Accident in Kenya

Kelvin Kiptum, world-record-holding marathoner, killed in car accident, confirmed by fellow athlete

In a tragic turn of events, marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana were killed in a car crash in Kenya late Sunday. The news was confirmed by fellow athlete Milcah Chemos, who saw Kiptum’s body at the hospital where the bodies were taken. The crash happened on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, in the heart of the high-altitude region that is renowned as a training base for long-distance runners.

Kiptum was only 24 years old but had already established himself as a superstar of long-distance running. He set the new world record of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, beating the mark of fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge. His record was ratified by international track federation World Athletics last week.

Kenyan athletics federation president Jackson Tuwei sent a team of officials to the area after being informed of the late-night accident. Family members of Kiptum were also with them to identify his body. Chemos said she was among a group of athletes who had gone to the hospital in Eldoret after hearing the news of the crash.

Kiptum had immediate success by running the fastest time ever by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon. He won the London and Chicago races last year, two of the most prestigious marathons in the world. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe offered his condolences in a statement on Twitter, saying: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana.” Coe went on to say that he had officially ratified Kiptum’s historic time earlier this week at Chicago Marathon place, an incredible athlete leaving an incredible legacy, we will miss him dearly.”

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