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Tragic Loss: The Untimely Death of Record-Holding Marathon Runner Kelvin Kiptum in Kenya


Feb 12, 2024
World Marathon Record Holder Kiptum and Coach Die in Tragic Road Accident, Sending Shockwaves Through the Running Community

On Sunday at 11pm, a tragic accident occurred along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road in Kaptagat area, claiming the lives of 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 – 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. According to Mulinge, Kiptum lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road, and landed in a ditch about 60 meters away before hitting a big tree. This unfortunate incident happened just weeks before Kiptum was set to run under two hours at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year. He was also part of the Kenyan team picked for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Kiptum’s marathon record of two hours and 35 seconds was ratified just last week by World Athletics, making him one of the fastest runners in history. His loss will be deeply felt by many, including those who knew him personally and those who admired his athletic achievements from afar.

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