On Sunday night, in a tragic turn of events, 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. The 24-year-old athlete was driving a Toyota Premio at the time of the accident. According to Kenyan police, both Kiptum and Hakizimana died in the accident.
Kelvin Kiptum had 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. He was considered a bright prospect in the sport, having 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 participated in various race distances himself before turning his attention to coaching. The accident happened around 11 p.m. local time and was attributed to Kiptum losing control of the vehicle, veering off the road, and colliding with a tree. A third person in the vehicle survived the crash but sustained serious injuries.
This is an incredibly sad story that has left many in the running community mourning their loss. Both Kelvin Kiptum and Gervais Hakizimana were highly respected individuals who had made significant contributions to their respective sports careers