Current marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana died in a road accident Sunday night outside the Rift Valley town of Eldoret, Kenyan police confirmed.
The 24-year-old Kenyan athlete, who was driving a Toyota Premio, and his coach died at the scene of the crash, Elgeyo Marakwet County Police Commander Peter Mulinge told CNN.A third occupant survived with serious injuries, Mulinge added.
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“He lost control, veered off the road, entered into a ditch 60 meters away and hit a big tree,” Mulinge said.
The accident happened around 11 p.m. local time. Kelvin Kiptum’s world record marathon time of 2:00:35 set in the Chicago Marathon in October last year was ratified just days ago by World Athletics.
He had only switched to running the marathon from shorter distance races a year before setting that record pace.He improved his personal best time by 50 seconds to beat the 2:01:09 record set by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who is widely considered the greatest marathoner of all time.
Kiptum was widely believed to be the successor to Kipchoge, and a possible contender to run the marathon in under 2 hours. Hakizimana, 36 was a former professional athlete from Rwanda who participated in different races from the 5,000 meter to the half marathon