Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana and world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum were killed in a road accident on the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road at Kaptagat area. The accident occurred on Sunday at 11pm, according to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge.
Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers on board- 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 has left many people in shock, especially those who knew Kelvin Kiptum as an exceptional athlete who had set new records in marathons around the world.
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. He had been positioning himself to run under two hours at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year, which would have been an incredible achievement for any runner. Unfortunately, this dream will never come true as he has now lost his life in this tragic accident.