World marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana tragically lost their lives in a car crash in western Kenya, leaving a third passenger injured, according to police reports on Sunday. The accident occurred at around 11pm (2000 GMT) and 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 tragic event has left the running community in shock as they mourn the loss of Kiptum and his coach. Their contributions to the sport will be remembered and honored.