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Kelvin Kiptum: Marathon world record holder dies in a traffic accident

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Kelvin Kiptum: Marathon world record holder dies in a traffic accident

Kelvin Kiptum set a new world record at the marathon in October. Now the 24-year-old and his trainer have died in an accident in Kenya.

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Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum has died in a traffic accident. Family members and the police report this in the Kenyan media.

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According to police, the accident occurred around 11 p.m. (local time) in Kaptaget in the southwestern highlands of Kenya. Accordingly, Kiptum, his trainer Gervais Hakizimana and a woman were on their way to the city of Eldoret when their car left the road. The vehicle collided with a tree and ended up in a ditch, the newspaper cited Daily Nation the responsible police representative Peter Mulinge. Kiptum and his trainer were killed in the accident. The woman was taken to the hospital. According to police, 24-year-old Kiptum was behind the wheel of the car.

The cause of the accident is still unclear. According to police, no other vehicle was involved in the accident.

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World Athletics Federation President Sebastian Coe said he was “shocked and deeply sad.” “An incredible athlete leaves an incredible legacy, we will miss him greatly,” Coe wrote on Platform X.

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