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Kenya Loses World Marathon Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum in Tragic Road Accident

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Feb 12, 2024
Kenyan world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car accident

On Sunday, Kenya lost its world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum in a tragic road accident. The 24-year-old had set the world record in Chicago in October and won the London Marathon in April. According to a police report, 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, expressed heartbreak over the loss of Kelvin Kiptum and sports minister Ababu Namwamba also shared his condolences. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe was deeply saddened by the news and described Kiptum as an incredible athlete who left behind an incredible legacy.

Local county commander Peter Mulinge confirmed that the accident was caused by Kiptum losing control of his vehicle and striking a tree before landing in a ditch. Unfortunately, both Kiptum and Hakizimana were killed instantly while the third passenger was taken to a hospital in Eldoret.

Kelvin Kiptum recently had his world record ratified by World Athletics and had 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.

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