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World Record Marathon Holder Kelvin Kiptim Killed In Nasty Road Accident


World marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvis Hakizimana have passed away in a tragic road accident.

The gruesome accident occurred at around 11 pm in the Kaptagat area along Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road where Kiptum and Hakizimana died on the spot due to the impact of the self-involved accident.

Kiptum is said to have been driving the vehicle heading to Eldoret when the accident occurred.

“The accident happened around 11 pm. The car had three occupants, two died on the spot while one was taken to hospital,” Elgeyo Marakwet County Commandant Peter Mulinge said.

Kiptum rose to prominence in the world of athletics after registering the fastest marathon debut in Valencia in 2022.

In October 2023 he broke Eliud Kipchoge’s world record in Chicago last October, running 26.1 miles in two hours and 35 seconds.

Kiptum’s world marathon mark was ratified just last week by the international track federation World Athletics.

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President William Ruto has eulogized Kiptum as a rising star who broke barriers to secure a marathon record.

“He was only 24 yet, as a hero, triumphed in Valencia, Chicago, London and in other top competitions. His mental strength and discipline were unmatched. Kiptum was our future. An extraordinary sportsman has left an extraordinary mark on the globe. Our thoughts are with the family and the sporting fraternity. Rest In Peace,” Ruto mourned.

Azimio Leader Raila Odinga described the marathoner as a remarkable individual and Kenyan athletics icon.

My deepest condolences to his loved ones, friends, and the entire athletics fraternity. Our nation grieves the profound loss of a true hero.

Kalonzo Musyoka on his part said the death of Kiptum is saddening as he was one of the faster rising stars in the athletics scene.

“The news of the untimely passing of Kelvin Kiptum deeply saddens us. 24-year-old Kiptum was one of the fastest rising stars in Kenya’s indeed the world’s athletics scene. His potential was limitless. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kiptum’s family, indeed the larger Athletics family at this most difficult time,” said Kalonzo.

Read Also: Eliud Kipchoge Under Fire Over Failing To Congratulate Kelvin Kiptum

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