Kenya’s marathon world record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, and his coach tragically killed in a road accident

Tragic Accident Claims the Lives of Kenyan Marathon Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum and Coach Gervais Hakizimana

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 Sunday night. 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 just outside the Rift Valley town of Eldoret.

Kelvin Kiptum 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.

The 36-year-old coach, Gervais Hakizimana, was a former professional athlete from Rwanda who had participated in various race distances. This is a developing story.

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