Kenyan Running Sensation Kelvin Kiptum, Coach Gervais Hakizimana Killed in Devastating Car Crash

Kenyan marathon prodigy Kelvin Kiptum and coach Gervais Hakizimana meet a tragic end in a car crash. The running world mourns the loss of the talented athlete, who recently set a historic marathon world record.

In a tragic incident, 24-year-old Kenyan long-distance runner and marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, along with his coach Gervais Hakizimana, lost their lives in a road traffic accident. The unfortunate event occurred on Sunday at 11 pm local time on the Eldoret-Kaptagat road.

Kiptum, who made headlines with his impressive debut marathon victory in Valencia in 2022 and later shattered the world record in Chicago, was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers, including Coach Hakizimana. The vehicle lost control, veered off the road, hit a tree, and landed in a ditch about 60 meters away, leading to the tragic demise of both Kiptum and Hakizimana.

The sole survivor of the accident, Sharon Kosgey, sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention. The bodies of the athlete and coach were taken to the Racecourse Hospital mortuary.Kenyan Running Sensation Kelvin Kiptum, Coach Gervais Hakizimana Killed in Devastating Car Crash

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World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed deep condolences, stating, “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. On behalf of all World Athletics, we send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, teammates, and the Kenyan nation.”

Kelvin Kiptum’s remarkable achievements, including his historic marathon world record, earned him recognition as the 2023 World Athlete of the Year for men’s out-of-stadia events. His untimely death has left the global running community in mourning, as they remember the incredible athlete and the legacy he leaves behind.

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