According to Kenyan police, a fatal road accident occurred Sunday night involving marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. The 24-year-old athlete was driving a Toyota Premio at the time of the accident, which happened just outside the Rift Valley town of Eldoret. Both Kiptum and Hakizimana died in the crash, while a third person in the vehicle survived but sustained serious injuries.
The cause of the accident was attributed to Kiptum losing control of the vehicle and veering off the road before colliding with a tree. Kelvin Kiptum 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, making him a bright prospect in the sport. He had switched to running marathons only a year prior to setting this impressive feat.
Kipchoge’s previous record had been surpassed by Kiptum’s time, making him one of the greatest marathoners of all time. Gervais Hakizimana was also an accomplished athlete who had participated in various race distances before becoming Kelvin’s coach. This developing story is tragic and will be updated as more details become available regarding this unfortunate incident on Kenyan roads.