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On Sunday at 11pm, a tragic accident occurred on the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road in Kaptagat area. The victims were world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana. The accident was confirmed by Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge.

Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers on board – Garvais and a lady identified as Sharon Kosgey. Sharon escaped 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. “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,” said Mulinge.

Kiptum had set himself up to run under two hours at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year, after having his marathon record of two hours and 35 seconds ratified just last week by World Athletics. He was also part of 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 about 60 meters away before hitting a big tree that caused their deaths.

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