On Sunday evening, at 11 pm, world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana lost their lives in a tragic accident along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road in the Kaptagat area. 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 managed to escape with serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention. Meanwhile, 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, Kiptum lost control of the vehicle while driving on the road, veering off it and landing in a ditch about 60 meters away before hitting a big tree. This unfortunate accident occurred just days before Kiptum had set his sights on breaking the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year. Moreover, he had also been selected as part of the Kenyan team for the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.