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Tragic Accident Claims the Lives of Two Promising Kenyan Marathon Runners: A Tribute to Kelvin Kiptum

ByEditor

Feb 12, 2024
Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum killed in car accident, fellow athlete confirms

On Sunday evening, a tragic accident occurred in Kenya that claimed the lives of 24-year-old marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, who was at the hospital where the bodies were taken, confirmed the news of their deaths.

Kiptum was an up-and-coming star in long-distance running and had already set a new world record at the Chicago Marathon just last month. He had become an inspiration to many runners around the world and his impact on the sport will be deeply felt.

The crash happened on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, in the heart of a region renowned as a training base for long-distance runners. Chemos was among a group of athletes who went to the hospital after hearing about the accident and also identified Kiptum’s body there. Family members of Kiptum were also present. Kenyan media reported that another person, a woman, was also injured in the crash.

Kiptum’s death has shocked many people around the world who knew him as an incredibly talented athlete with an infectious enthusiasm for running. His success began early on when he ran the fastest time ever by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon before going on to win two prestigious marathons last year – London and Chicago races.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe was one of the first to offer his condolences on behalf of all World Athletics saying “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana.” He added “On behalf of all World Athletics, we send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, teammates, and the Kenyan nation.”

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