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Tragic Loss of Kenyan Marathon Record Holder and Coach: A Grief-Stricken Look at the Life and Legacy of Kelvin Kiptum


Feb 12, 2024
Kenya’s marathon world record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, and his coach tragically killed in a road accident

A tragic accident occurred Sunday night involving Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. According to the Kenyan police, both Kiptum and Hakizimana lost their lives in the accident just outside Eldoret. The 24-year-old athlete was driving a Toyota Premio at the time of the crash.

Kelvin Kiptum had 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.

Gervais Hakizimana, a 36-year-old coach from Rwanda, had participated in various race distances before becoming Kiptum’s coach. This is a developing story as more details emerge about the accident and its impact on the athletic community.

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