Kenyan world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car accident

Tragic Loss: Kenya’s Marathon World Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum Dies in Road Accident

In a tragic turn of events, Kenya’s marathon world record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, passed away in a road accident on Sunday. The 24-year-old had won the London Marathon in April and set the world record in Chicago in October.

Kiptum lost control of his vehicle while driving in Kaptagat, south-west Kenya, at 11pm local time. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also died in the crash, with a third person being taken to the hospital.

The prime minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, along with the minister for sports, Ababu Namwamba, expressed heartbreak over the loss of Kelvin Kiptum. The president of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe, was also deeply saddened by the news, describing Kiptum as an incredible athlete who is leaving behind an incredible legacy.

According to local county commander Peter Mulinge, the accident was a result of Kiptum losing control of his vehicle and striking a tree before landing in a ditch. Unfortunately for him and his coach Hakizimana they were killed instantly while the third passenger was taken to a hospital in Eldoret.

Kelvin Kiptum had recently had his world record ratified by World Athletics and announced plans to become the first athlete to run an official marathon in under two hours in Rotterdam in April. His untimely death was a shock to the sports world and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

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