On Sunday night, Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, were involved in a fatal road accident just outside the Rift Valley town of Eldoret. According to Kenyan police, both Kiptum and Hakizimana died in the accident while a third person in the vehicle survived with serious injuries.
Kelvin Kiptum was only 24 years old at the time of his death. He had recently set a new marathon world record with a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October. His time was recently ratified by World Athletics, and he was considered a bright prospect in the sport. In fact, he had switched to running marathons only a year prior to setting the record. Kiptum’s time surpassed a previous record set by fellow Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge, who is renowned as one of the greatest marathoners of all time.
Gervais Hakizimana was a 36-year-old coach from Rwanda who had previously participated in various race distances. This is a developing story and further details about the accident are yet to be released.