A tragic road accident occurred Sunday night in the Rift Valley town of Eldoret, claiming the lives of Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Kiptum, a 24-year-old athlete, was driving a Toyota Premio at the time of the accident and lost control of the vehicle while veering off the road and colliding with a tree.
A third person in the vehicle survived but sustained serious injuries. The accident happened around 11 p.m. local time and has been attributed to Kiptum’s loss of control over the vehicle. This news is particularly heartbreaking as Kiptum recently set a new marathon world record with a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October, which was recently ratified by World Athletics.
Kiptum was considered a bright prospect in the sport, having switched to running marathons only a year prior to setting the record. His time surpassed a previous record set by fellow Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge, who is renowned as one of the greatest marathoners of all time. The loss of these two talented individuals is truly devastating for their families and fans alike.