Kenya road accident claims the life of world record marathon holder Kelvin Kiptum

In Tragic Accident, World Marathon Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum and Coach Gervais Hakizimana Die in Western Kenya

In a tragic turn of events, world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana lost their lives in a car crash in western Kenya, leaving a third passenger injured. The accident occurred at around 11pm (2000 GMT) as the car, which was heading to Eldoret, had three occupants. Sadly, Kiptum and his coach died at the scene while the other passenger was taken to hospital for treatment.

Peter Mulinge, the police commander for Elgeyo Marakwet County in western Kenya, confirmed the details of the accident. Kiptum had recently achieved a world record 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon, surpassing Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge’s previous record by 34 seconds. This achievement marked him as one of the fastest runners in history.

The running community is in mourning after this tragic event that has left them stunned. Kiptum and his coach were not only talented athletes but also dedicated coaches who inspired many young runners to pursue their dreams. Their contributions to the sport will be remembered and honored as they leave behind a legacy that will be celebrated for years to come.

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