On Sunday night, in a tragic accident on the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road at Kaptagat area, world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana lost their lives. The accident occurred at 11pm, according to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge.
Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers – Garvais and a lady identified as Sharon Kosgey. Sharon survived the accident with serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention, while the bodies of the athlete and his coach were taken to the Racecourse Hospital mortuary.
The vehicle was badly damaged and was towed to Kaptagat Police Station. According to Mulinge, “This was a self-involved accident where one Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record holder, was driving his vehicle with two passengers. Kiptum and Hakizimana died on the spot and the third person was rushed to Racecourse Hospital in Eldoret.”
Kiptum’s marathon record of two hours and 35 seconds had been ratified just last week by World Athletics. He was positioning himself to run under two hours at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year. He was also in the Kenyan team picked for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. According to Mulinge, Kiptum lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road, and landed in a ditch about 60 meters away before hitting a big tree.