Gervais Hakizimana, the coach of 24-year-old Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, was involved in a fatal road accident Sunday night. The accident occurred just outside the Rift Valley town of Eldoret, where both Kiptum and Hakizimana died in the crash.
Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio at the time of the accident and lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road and colliding with a tree. A third person in the vehicle survived but sustained serious injuries.
Kelvin Kiptum recently set a new marathon world record with a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October. This time was ratified by World Athletics and had surpassed a previous record set by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who is considered one of the greatest marathoners of all time.
Hakizimana was a former professional athlete from Rwanda who had participated in various race distances before coaching Kiptum to his world record victory. He was known for his expertise and dedication to helping his athletes achieve their full potential.
This is an unfortunate loss for both athletics community and society as they mourn for this talented young man that had so much to give to future generations of runners