Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum killed in car accident, fellow athlete confirms

In Tragic Accident, Kenyan Marathon Star Kelvin Kiptum and Coach Gervais Hakizimana Die

A tragic accident claimed the lives of Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandan coach Gervais Hakizimana, according to a fellow athlete who went to the hospital where their bodies were taken. Kiptum was 24 years old and on track to becoming a superstar in long-distance running.

The accident happened on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, in the heart of the high-altitude region that’s famous for its training base for marathon runners. Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos was among those at the hospital after hearing about the crash. She said that she had identified Kiptum’s body, along with family members. Chemos also confirmed that a third person – a woman – was also in the car and taken to the same hospital with serious injuries.

Kiptum set a new world record of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, beating Eliud Kipchoge’s mark. His record was ratified by World Athletics last week, just days before his tragic death. The Kenyan athletics federation president Jackson Tuwei sent officials to investigate the accident, while World Athletics president Sebastian Coe offered condolences to Kiptum’s family and friends, as well as all athletes around the world who knew him as an inspiration and role model.

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