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Feb 12, 2024

Kelvin Kiptumworld record holder marathon And the favorite player of the Paris Olympics died tragically in a car accident in Western kenya, according to the police. The 24-year-old player was traveling from Kaptagat to Eldoret around 11pm (2000 GMT) on Sunday when the vehicle overturned, resulting in the untimely death of both Kiptom and his Rwanda coach, Gervais Hakizimana.
“There were three people in the car, two died on the spot while one was taken to hospital,” said Peter Mulinge, police commander in Elgeyo Marakwet county in western Kenya, where the accident occurred. Are.”
“It was Kiptom which was heading towards Eldoret and the vehicle lost control and rolled, killing both of them on the spot. A female passenger was injured and taken to hospital,” he told reporters.
Kiptum burst onto the marathon scene with a remarkable performance and set a new world record of 2:00:35 in Chicago in October. This impressive feat left him 34 seconds clear of the previous record held by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge. At just 23 years old and participating in his third marathon, Kiptum's achievement was truly remarkable.
Notably, Kiptom emerged victorious in his last two marathon attempts, first debuting in Valencia in 2022 and then winning in London the following year.
With ambitious goals, Kiptum had officially announced his intention to make history by becoming the first person to complete a marathon in under two hours, with plans to attempt the feat in Rotterdam on April 14.
Given his exceptional performances and aspirations, Kiptom was considered a top contender for success at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.
World Exercise Kiptum was remembered as “one of the most exciting new prospects to emerge in road running in recent years”.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptom and his coach Gervais Hakizimana,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said in a statement.
“On behalf of all of World Athletics, we express our deepest condolences to his families, friends, teammates and the Kenyan nation.”
Just last week, Coe confirmed that he had traveled to Chicago specifically to officially approve Kiptom's historic timing.
“An incredible athlete leaving an incredible legacy, we will miss him greatly.”
Kenya's two-time Olympic 800 meters champion David Rudisha said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the news.
“This is a huge loss,” he posted on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter.
Athletics Kenya expressed condolences to “the entire athletics community during this difficult time”, while Kiptum's agent, Mark Korstjens, also confirmed the “sad news”.
Kiptom was from Chepkorio, a village in the Rift Valley, known as the epicenter of Kenyan distance running, and sadly it was here that he met his untimely death.
A decade ago, barely a teenager, he spent his days herding goats and sheep before being drawn to runners like Hakizimana, who was from Rwanda, as he trained in the famous high-altitude region.
In 2019, Kiptum made waves by completing two half-marathons in quick succession, clocking 60:48 in Copenhagen and an impressive 59:53 in Belfort, France. His partnership with Hakizimana began around this time, while the coach was still in Kenya as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.
Kiptom's passing adds to a series of tragedies that have affected Kenya's promising young athletes.
In 2011, the nation mourned the passing of marathon legend Samuel Wanjiru, who tragically passed away at the same age as him, having previously won the Olympic title at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. A pathologist attributed Wanjiru's death to a blow to the head with a blunt object.
More recently, in 2021, long-distance running sensation Agnes Tirop was stabbed to death in her home in Iten, near Eldoret, aged just 25. Her husband Ibrahim Rotich faced trial for her murder in November of that year. Despite denying the charges, he was granted bail shortly before the trial began.
(with AFP inputs)

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