Saturday, July 13, 2024

Kenya: World Marathon File Holder Kelvin Kiptum Dies in Street Accident


Nairobi — Marathon world file holder Kelvin Kiptum is lifeless.

In accordance with Police, Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana died on the spot Sunday night time in an accident alongside the Eldoret-Kaptagat Street.

This comes simply lower than per week after World Athletics ratified his marathon world file.

“The accident occurred round 11 pm. The automobile had three occupants, two died on the spot whereas one was taken to hospital,” Elgeyo Marakwet County Commandant Peter Mulinge stated.

He stated Kiptum was driving the automobile heading to Eldoret when the accident occurred. The third occupant was rushed to hospital with severe accidents.

It’s a devastating finish to a younger life, whose profession was simply starting, and what a method it had began.

Kiptum turned the primary man to ever run a marathon in beneath 2:01 as he ran 2:00:35 in profitable the Chicago Marathon final October.

The World file has been most not too long ago ratified by World Athletics.

He had additionally been named in Kenya’s crew for the Olympic Video games in Paris subsequent yr and was set to crew up together with his world file predecessor Eliud Kipchoge.

Kiptum was making ready to compete at this yr’s Rotterdam Marathon, scheduled for April, which he hoped to make use of as a preparatory platform for the Olympics later within the yr.

“The organisation is linked to my administration. In 2022 I used to be speculated to run it, to make my debut however a slight harm stopped me. This would be the proper time,” Kiptum stated then, when he was confirmed to be heading to the Dutch metropolis.