Kelvin Kiptum Dead After Car Accident

( – In October, Kelvin Kiptum set the world record for the best time at the Chicago Marathon. He ran the 26.2-mile race in just two hours and 35 seconds. He had three of the seven fastest marathons ever recorded. Unfortunately, he won’t ever run another race again.

On February 11, at approximately 11 p.m. local time, Kiptum died in a car accident. Gervais Hakizimana, his coach, was also killed. According to reports, Kiptum lost control of his car and veered off the road. He entered a ditch and hit a tree. A 24-year-old woman, Sharon Chepkurui Kosgei Keiyo, was also in the vehicle at the time of the incident. She suffered serious injuries, and doctors at a local hospital treated her.

Kenyan President William Ruto released a statement on X, formerly Twitter, saying the athlete “was a star.” He went on to call him “one of the world’s finest sportsmen” and applauded the 24-year-old’s record-breaking success. Ruto said he “left an extraordinary mark [on] the globe” and extended his condolences to those who loved him.

Vox reported that there is an epidemic of preventable car crash deaths in Africa and other places. As the nations in Africa have seen their economies grow, more cards are on the road, which explains the increase in traffic deaths. Another reason for the accidents is that the infrastructure was not built to support the amount of traffic.

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1.2 million people die every year in car accidents. Over 90% of the fatal accidents happen in developing nations that only have about 60% of the world’s vehicles.

Sadly, Kiptum and his coach are two more people whose lives have needlessly been cut short. The athlete was supposed to go to the summer Olympics in Paris, where he was expected to be a top contender for the gold.

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