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World Marathon Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum, 24, ‘dies In A Car Crash In Kenya’, According To Local Reports… With His Coach ‘also Killed In The Accident’

Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum has reportedly died aged 24According to report Kiptum, 24, and his coach died in a road accidentBy David Coverdale For Mailonline

Published: 23:07, 11 February 2024 | Updated: 23:29, 11 February 2024

Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum has died at the age of 24, the former prime minister of Kenya said on Sunday night.

The distance running sensation and his coach, Rwanda’s Gervais Hakizimana, reportedly died in a road accident in Kenya’s Kaptagat area at 11pm local time.

Kiptum made history last October when he clocked 2:00.35 to win the Chicago Marathon, smashing his fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge’s world record by 34 seconds.


He also won his first London Marathon last April in a course record of 2:01.25, which was then the second fastest marathon time ever. That followed his eye-catching victory on his marathon debut in Valencia in December 2022.

Kiptum would have been the favourite to win gold at this summer’s Olympics in Paris, in what was set to be an almighty showdown against his team-mate Kipchoge, the 39-year-old two-time defending champion. 

Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum has reportedly died at the age of 24

Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana reportedly died in a road accident in Kenya’s Kaptagat area at 11pm local time

Devastating news as we mourn the loss of a remarkable individual, Kelvin Kiptum, World Record holder and Kenyan athletics icon. Together with his coach, they tragically passed on in an accident tonight. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/1Dmgyyhsk4

— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) February 11, 2024 Raila Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister from 2008 to 2013, wrote on X on Sunday night: ‘Devastating news as we mourn the loss of a remarkable individual, Kelvin Kiptum, world record holder and Kenyan athletics icon. Together with his coach, they tragically passed on in an accident tonight.

‘My deepest condolences to his loved ones, friends, and the entire athletics fraternity. Our nation grieves the profound loss of a true hero.’