Death of Kelvin Kiptum and his trainer: what we know about the car accident

Death of Kelvin Kiptum and his trainer: what we know about the car accident
Death of Kelvin Kiptum and his trainer: what we know about the car accident

By Chloe Berry
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12 Feb 24 at 10:35

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Tributes multiply Monday after the announcement of the death in a road accident of the marathon world record holder, the Kenyan Kelvin Kiptumfavorite for the Olympic title at the Paris Olympic Games this summer.

The 24-year-old athlete, married and father of two childrendied Sunday evening around 11 p.m., near the town of Kaptagat, in the Rift Valley, his region of origin where he lived and trained, police announced.

Returning from training

Kelvin Kiptum was driving a car with two passengers on board : his trainer, Gervais Hakizimana, also killed instantly, and a woman seriously injured and taken to hospital.

The accident occurred on the way to return from training campnot far from his original village of Chepkorio, about forty kilometers from Eldoret, the mecca of Kenyan running.

Kelvin Kiptum celebrates his world record at the Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2023. (©AFP/Archives/KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI)

Loss of vehicle control

According to a police report consulted by theAFP“he lost control (of the vehicle) and leaving the road », driving for “about 60 meters before hitting a large tree”.

Images broadcast by Kenyan media show his car, the windshield smashed and the roof dislocated by the impact.

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A death that reminds others

This death recalls the brutal death of another great Kenyan marathon runnerSamuel Wanjiru, at same age in 2011, almost three years after his Olympic title in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games.

A forensic doctor estimated that it wasa murderclaiming the athlete fell from a balcony before being hit in the head with a “blunt object”.

Kenyan athletics was also mourned in October 2021 by the murder of one of its long-distance running hopefuls, Agnes Tirop, who was found stabbed at age 25 in his house in Iten, not far from Eldoret. Her husband is being prosecuted for murder.

Source: © 2024 AFP Nairobi

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