On Sunday at 11pm, world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana were killed in a road accident on the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road at Kaptagat area. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, the vehicle Kiptum was driving was badly damaged and was towed to Kaptagat Police Station.
Kiptum, who had just recently had his marathon record of two hours and 35 seconds ratified by World Athletics, was positioning himself to run under two hours at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year. He was also in the Kenyan team picked for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Unfortunately, Mulinge reports that Kiptum lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road and landing in a ditch about 60 meters away before hitting a big tree.
Sharon Kosgey, another passenger in the vehicle, escaped with serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention. Meanwhile, the bodies of Kiptum and Hakizimana were taken to the Racecourse Hospital mortuary. The accident is being investigated by local authorities as they work to determine what caused it and how it could have been prevented.