On Sunday evening at 11pm, a tragic accident occurred on the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road in Kaptagat area. The accident claimed the lives of two individuals, world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana.
Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers on board, including his coach. The vehicle was badly damaged and was towed to Kaptagat Police Station. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, the accident was a self-involved incident where Kiptum lost control of the vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Sharon Kosgey, another passenger in the vehicle, managed to escape with serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention. Meanwhile, Kiptum’s body and that of his coach were taken to the Racecourse Hospital mortuary.
The news of their deaths has sent shockwaves throughout the athletic community as they were both well-known and respected figures in the sport. Kiptum’s marathon record of two hours and 35 seconds had been ratified just last week by World Athletics, making him position himself to run under two hours at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year. He was also selected as part of the Kenyan team picked for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.