In a tragic accident, Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, lost their lives Sunday night. The 24-year-old athlete was driving a Toyota Premio at the time of the accident, which happened around 11 p.m. local time in Eldoret. According to Kenyan police, both Kiptum and Hakizimana died in the crash just outside the town.
Kelvin Kiptum was considered a bright prospect in the sport after setting 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. Prior to setting the record, he had only been running marathons for a year and had switched from shorter distances. 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 before becoming a coach. He had been working with Kiptum for several years and was seen as an integral part of his success on the track. This developing story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available about the accident that claimed their lives.