On Sunday night, in a tragic car crash on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, two prominent figures in the world of long-distance running lost their lives. Kelvin Kiptum, the current world record holder for the marathon, and his coach Gervais Hakizimana were both killed in the accident.
Kiptum, who was only 24 years old, had set a new world record of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon just last month. He was known for his incredible talent and dedication to his craft, inspiring many aspiring runners around the world. His death has left the athletic community in mourning.
Reports indicate that a third person was also involved in the accident and taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. A group of athletes and family members went to the hospital after hearing about the incident to offer their support and condolences to those affected by the tragedy.
Kenya’s athletics federation president Jackson Tuwei has already dispatched a team of officials to investigate the accident and provide assistance to those involved. Kiptum had been having immediate success since making his debut in marathons at the 2022 Valencia Marathon, where he ran an astonishingly fast time despite being a debutant. He went on to win both the London and Chicago races last year as well.
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe was among those who offered their condolences on Twitter after hearing about Kiptum’s death, expressing shock and deep sadness over such a tragic loss for both Kenya and