Tragic events occurred in the world of marathon when record-breaking runner Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana, perished in a tragic vehicle accident close to the town of Kaptagat in western Kenya. Known as a world-class training center for long-distance runners, the high-altitude area saw the premature deaths of these two bright athletes.

The Kiptum family laments the passing of their cherished kin while struggling with dashed hopes and broken futures. The athletic community is still feeling the effects of this regrettable occurrence, and a gap that was once full of dreams and ambitions has been left behind.

Farmer Samson Cheruiyot spoke movingly about the loss of his only kid, Kiptum, in an interview with Citizen TV. Kiptum had pledged just a day before the catastrophe that he would utilize his running career to build his father a house and purchase a car.

Kiptum – his birth story

Doctors advised against having any further pregnancies after Cheruiyot disclosed the difficulties his wife had following Kiptum’s birth. Kiptum’s optimistic declaration during their final chat, which took place the night before the tragedy, was that he was in prime form and had set an ambitious goal to beat his marathon record in Rotterdam, with a time target of 1:58–1:59. This heartbreaking tale serves as a painful reminder of dashed hopes and the premature passing of a young, gifted athlete.

“He said that he had enough of electrical wiring, and that if he continued running, he would uplift us,” His father said and further adds “I accepted and went to book for him a room near the training camp where he stayed until he won his first major marathon.” an article from news18 share.

After setting the world record in just his third competitive marathon at the Chicago Marathon last year, Kiptum quickly became a standout in the road running world. Kiptum’s accomplishment, which World Athletics recently validated, solidifies his standing as an exciting prospect in the running world.

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