The 24-year-old athlete apparently lost control of the car and collided with a tree. His coach also died
Kelvin Kiptum dies in a car accident, holder of the marathon world record. The 24-year-old athlete, local media reported citing the police and his family, was in the car with his coach Gervais Hakizimana, who also died in the collision.
Media reported that Kiptum was behind the wheel when the car went off the road around 11pm on Sunday in Kaptaget in Kenya’s southwestern highlands, a region where many Kenyan long-distance runners train. According to initial investigations, Kiptum apparently lost control and collided with a tree, local police commander Peter Mulinge told the Daily Nation newspaper. A third person in the car, a woman, was seriously injured and was taken to a nearby hospital. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana,” said World Athletics president Sebastian Coe, adding that Kiptum was “an incredible athlete who left an incredible legacy.” .
Kiptum set the marathon world record of two hours and 35 seconds in the 2023 Chicago Marathon, beating Eliud Kipchoge’s record by 34 seconds. He became the first person to officially run the marathon in under two hours and one minute. Kiptum would attempt to run the first official sub-two hour marathon in Rotterdam in April this year.