World Athletics record holder Kelvin Kiptum is dead. The 24-year-old died yesterday night (11/2/2024) along Eldoret-Kaptagat road through a tragic accident
He was in his car alongside his manager Garvis Hakizimana(36).His accident has shocked many Kenyans and the world at large.It’s less than a year since he won the World Marathon, pocketing over Ksh 30 million.The win saw him leapfrog Eliud Kipchoge to become the new record holder.
After the accident, police didn’t believe what they saw—the car was completely damaged especially where Kelvin was sitting but the front area was in good condition.
The police have already confirmed the accident.Here is the confirmation message:
“Occurred today 11/02/2024 at about 2300HRS at Kaptagat Forest area along Eldoret -Ravine road . It happened that one Kelvin Kiptum – The Chicago Marathon World Record Holder was driving his m/vehicle reg. number KDL 566F Toyota Premio carrying two passengers namely Gervais Hakizimana Rwanda male adult aged 37yrs-his coach and Sharon Chepkurui Kosgei Keiyo/f/adult aged 24yrs from Eldoret heading towards Ravine. Upon reaching the location of the accident, he lost control and veered off-road entering into a ditch on his left side. He drove in the ditch for about 60metres before hitting a big tree. As a result Kelvin Kiptum and Gervais Hakizimana died on the spot wheras Sharon Chepkurui Kosgei escaped with serious injuries and was rushed to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for treatment. The two bodies were moved to Racecourse Hospital Mortuary in Eldoret awaiting autopsy. Scene visited and processed. The extensively damaged m/vehicle towed to Kaptagat Police Station awaiting inspection and further police action. Cause code 26 used . Case P.U.I.Further report to follow”
Kelvin was to race against Eliud Kipchoge in April.A race that has captured the attention of the world.The winner was to pocket over Ksh 50 million prize money.
He was only 24 yet, as a hero, triumphed in Valencia, Chicago, London and in other top competitions. His mental strength and discipline were unmatched. Kiptum was our future.
An extraordinary sportsman has left an extraordinary mark in the globe. Our thoughts are with the family and the sporting fraternity. Rest In Peace.