Twenty-four-year-old champion marathon runner, Kelvin Kiptum, has died.
CNN reported that the world record holder from Nairobi died following injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on Sunday.
Kiptum was reportedly driving a vehicle with an unnamed friend and his “mentor,” Gervais Hakizimana. Hakizimana died in the accident and the unnamed friend is currently hospitalized in critical condition.
Hakizimana, 36, was a former professional athlete who hailed from Rwanda. He had coached Kiptum for several years and believed the world record holder would be the first in the world to run a two-hour marathon.
Peter Mulinge, Kenya’s Elgeyo Marakwet county police chief, told CNN that Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio. For unknown reasons, Kiptum lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and collided with a tree.
Kiptum recently won the prestigious Chicago Marathon with a record-breaking time of 2:00:35. Many judged that Kiptum’s amazing athletic ability put him on track to become known as the greatest long-distance runner in history — even eclipsing the notable Eliud Kipchoge, who currently holds that title.
Officials at the London Marathon Association wrote: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the terrible news of the death of marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. The thoughts of everyone at the TCS London Marathon are with Kelvin’s and Gervais’ family and friends.”
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