In a tragic turn of events, marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandan coach Garwais Hakizimana lost their lives in a road accident on the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road in Kaptagat area. The accident occurred at 11pm on Sunday, according to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge.
Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers in it – Garvais and a lady identified as Sharon Kosgi. Sharon escaped with serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical treatment, while the bodies of the athlete and his coach were taken to Racecourse Hospital Mortuary.
The vehicle was heavily damaged and was towed to the Kaptagat police station. “This was a self-involved accident in which one Kelvin Kiptum, the marathon world record holder, was driving his vehicle with two passengers. Kiptum and Hakizimana died on the spot while the third person was rushed to the Racecourse Hospital in Eldoret,” Mulinge said.
Kiptum, whose marathon record of two hours and 35 seconds was ratified last week by World Athletics, had been positioning himself for an epic run at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year. He had also been selected for the Kenyan team for Paris Olympics in 2024. According to Mulinge, Kiptum lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and landed in a ditch about 60 meters away before hitting a large tree.