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Tragic Road Accident Claims Lives of Marathon World Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum and Coach Gervais Hakizimana


Feb 12, 2024
Kenya’s marathon world record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, and his coach tragically killed in a road accident

The world of sports has been hit by a devastating blow with the news of the death of Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, in a fatal road accident Sunday night. According to Kenyan police, both Kiptum and Hakizimana died in the accident just outside the Rift Valley town of Eldoret.

Kiptum, a 24-year-old athlete, was driving a Toyota Premio at the time of the accident. A third person in the vehicle survived the crash but sustained serious injuries. The accident, which happened around 11 p.m. local time, was attributed to Kiptum losing control of the vehicle, veering off the road, and colliding with a tree.

Kelvin Kiptum had recently set a new marathon world record with a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October. This time was recently ratified by World Athletics. He was considered a bright prospect in the sport, having switched to running marathons only a year prior to setting the record. Kiptum’s time surpassed a previous record set by fellow Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge, who is renowned as one of the greatest marathoners of all time.

Gervais Hakizimana was a former professional athlete from Rwanda who had participated in various race distances. This is a developing story that has left many in shock and mourning for those lost in this tragic accident.

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