World Marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana were killed in a road accident at Kaptagat area along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road. The accident occurred on Sunday at 11pm, according to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge.
Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers on board- Garvais and a lady identified as Sharon Kosgey. Sharon escaped with serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention, while the bodies of the athlete and his coach were taken to the Racecourse Hospital mortuary. The vehicle was badly damaged and was towed to Kaptagat Police Station.
According to Mulinge, Kiptum lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road, hit a big tree before landing in a ditch about 60 metres away. Kiptum’s marathon record of two hours and 35 seconds was ratified just last week by the World Athletics, making him position himself to run under two hours at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year. He was also in the Kenyan team picked for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Kiptum’s tragic death has left many people shocked and saddened, including his family members and fans around the world who had looked forward to seeing him compete at future marathons. His legacy will live on as one of Kenya’s greatest marathon runners, remembered not only for his impressive athletic achievements but also for his kind heart and charitable work off the track.