Kenya has lost one of its brightest athletes in a tragic road accident. Kelvin Kiptum, the 24-year-old world marathon record holder, passed away on Sunday night while driving in Kaptagat, south-west Kenya. According to police reports, Kiptum lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree before landing in a ditch. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also died in the crash, with a third person being taken to the hospital.
Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba expressed their heartache over the loss of Kiptum. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe also mourned Kiptum’s passing, calling him an incredible athlete who left behind an incredible legacy.
Kiptum won the London Marathon in April and set the world record in Chicago in October. He was recently ratified as having broken the two-hour barrier for a marathon by World Athletics. Unfortunately, his untimely death has left the sports world stunned and saddened.
According to local county commander Peter Mulinge, the accident was caused by Kiptum losing control of his vehicle while driving on a dark and winding road at 11pm local time. The investigation is ongoing.
Kelvin Kiptum’s tragic death has brought attention to road safety issues in Kenya and around the world. It is important that we all take steps to prevent such accidents from happening again.
Kiptum’s family and friends are grieving for their loss. They are grateful for all that he accomplished during his short life and will continue to celebrate his achievements for years to come.
The sports community is mourning the loss of such a talented athlete. We will always remember Kelvin Kiptum as an inspiration to us all, both on and off the track.
In conclusion, Kelvin Kiptum’s tragic death has left many people feeling shocked and saddened. However, it has also reminded us of how fragile life can be and how important it is to cherish every moment we have together with our loved ones.