Kenya’s Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and coach tragically die in a road accident

Tragic Accident Claims Lives of Marathon Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum and Coach Gervais Hakizimana

In a tragic turn of events, marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana were killed in a road accident outside the Rift Valley town of Eldoret, Kenyan police confirmed. The 24-year-old Kenyan athlete was driving a Toyota Premio and died at the scene of the crash, along with his coach. A third occupant in the vehicle survived with serious injuries, according to Elgeyo Marakwet County Police Commander Peter Mulinge.

Kiptum’s marathon time of 2:00:35 set in the Chicago Marathon was ratified just days before the accident by World Athletics. He had only switched to running the marathon from shorter distance races a year before setting that record pace. Kiptum was widely believed to be the successor to Eliud Kipchoge and a possible contender to run the marathon in under 2 hours.

Hakizimana, 36, was a former professional athlete from Rwanda who participated in different races from the 5,000 meter to the half marathon. Kiptum and Hakizimana’s partnership had been successful as they helped each other achieve their goals on the track. This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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