Marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum has died

His coach Gervais Hakiziman also lost his life.

Kenyan marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum has died at the age of 24. Together with their coach Gervais Hakiziman, they died in a car accident on Sunday (February 11). The information was brought by the AFP agency.

The accident happened in the west of Kenya, the car was driven by Kiptum. The third passenger escaped with injuries. “The accident happened around eleven in the evening. There were three passengers in the car, two died on the spot and one was taken to the hospital. Those two are Kiptum and his coach,” said local police chief Peter Mulinge, according to AFP.

“Kiptum was driving to Eldoret town, he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned,” added Mulinge.

“On behalf of all of World Athletics, I send our deepest condolences to the families, friends, teammates and all of Kenya. An incredible athlete who left an incredible legacy. He will be greatly missed,” said Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics (WA), in an official statement.

In October, he set a new world record

Kiptum set a world record in October at the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:00:35. By 34 seconds, he surpassed compatriot Eliud Kipchoge’s record. It was the third time in history and the first time since 1999, when the record was broken in Chicago.

Kiptum was 23 years old at the time and was only running his third marathon. He has not been in action since then, but was preparing for the April event in Rotterdam, where his goal was to break the two-hour mark. Before the marathon in Chicago, he won in Valencia in 2022 and in London in April 2023.

Hakizimana was a former Rwandan runner who met Kiptum as a teenager in the Kenyan village of Chepkorio. The future record holder was a shepherd at the time. Until 2019, he completed two half-marathons and trained with Hakiziman even during the coronavirus pandemic.

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