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World record holder marathon runner dies in car accident: Kelvin's car hits a tree before falling into a ditch; made a record last year


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Kelvin nominated for 2023 World Athlete of the Year for men's out-of-stadia event.

World record-holding marathon runner Kelvin Kiptom and his coach Gervais Hakizimana died in a car accident in western Kenya on Sunday.

Kiptam, 24, lost control of the vehicle, following which the car left the road and hit a big tree before falling into a ditch about 60 meters away. According to Elgeyo Marakwet County police commander Peter Mulinge, the accident happened at 11pm (local time) on Sunday on the Eldoret-Kaptagat road.

Kiptom was driving a Toyota Premio, Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation reported. He was accompanied by two passengers and passengers, including his coach, Gervais, and a woman, believed to be Sharon Kosge.

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Kelvin's car damaged in the accident.

Kelvin's car damaged in the accident.

Kelvin himself was driving: Mulinge
Sharon Kosge was seriously injured in the accident and was taken to hospital, while the athlete and her coach lost their lives in the accident. The bodies of both were taken to the mortuary of Race Course Hospital.

County Police Commander Peter Mulinge said, 'It was an accident in which world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptom was driving the car himself and other people were also with him. Kiptom and Hakizimana died on the spot and Sharon was taken to Race Course Hospital in Eldoret.'

Won three marathons within a year
Kiptum was one of the most exciting new talents to emerge in road running in the last few years. He made headlines when he won his marathon debut in Valencia in December 2022, clocking 2:01:53.

In his third marathon less than a year later, he broke the world record with a time of 2:00:35 to win in Chicago. His victory at the London Marathon in a course record of 2:01:25 saw him named the 2023 World Athlete of the Year for the men's out-of-stadia event.

Kelvin won three marathons within a year.  He was part of the Kenyan team for Paris Olympics-2024.

Kelvin won three marathons within a year. He was part of the Kenyan team for Paris Olympics-2024.

Kelvin debuted in 2019
Kelvin Kiptum made his international debut in 2019 and finished 5th in the Lisbon Half Marathon with a timing of 59:54. He was also a part of the Kenyan team selected for the Paris Olympics.

Speaking on Kelvin's death, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: 'We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Kelvin Kiptom and his coach Gervais Hakijamana. On behalf of all World Athletics, we express our deepest condolences to his families, friends, teammates and the Kenyan nation.

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