According to the Kenyan police, 36-year-old coach Gervais Hakizimana and Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum were killed in a fatal car accident on Sunday evening just outside the town of Eldoret in the Rift Valley. The accident happened around 11pm local time while Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio. A third person in the vehicle survived the crash but suffered serious injuries.
Kelvin Kiptum, a 24-year-old athlete, recently set a new marathon world record with a time of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October. This path was recently ratified by World Athletics. Kiptum’s time surpassed the previous record set by fellow Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge, who is known as one of the greatest marathoners of all time.
Kiptum was considered a bright prospect in the sport, having switched to marathon running just a year before setting the record. Hakizimana, on the other hand, was a former professional athlete from Rwanda who participated in various races. He had been coaching Kiptum for some time and had helped him reach his full potential as an athlete.
The accident was attributed to Kiptum losing control of the vehicle and swerving off the road before crashing into a tree. It is unclear what caused him to lose control of the car at that point in time. The investigation is still ongoing and more details about the accident will be released later on when they become available.