The recent tragic car accident claimed the lives of Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, near their childhood village of Chepsamo in western Kenya. The accident occurred while Kiptum was driving and a third person in the car suffered serious injuries.
Kiptum had just made headlines with his victory in the Chicago marathon, achieving a record time of 2 hours and 35 seconds. His unexpected death has deeply impacted the Kenyan running community, with two-time Olympic champion David Rudisha expressing his shock and sadness, calling it a significant loss. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also lamented the loss of Kiptum as a remarkable individual and icon in Kenyan Athletics.
Kiptum had plans to compete in the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon and had his sights set on the Paris Olympics, aiming to beat his own record time. He was determined to continue pushing his limits, showing great potential in the sport. His legacy will live on as an inspiration to many aspiring runners around the world.