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Marathon world record holder’s death: Mourners gathered at car crash scene

Mourners have gathered to pay tribute to marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum where the Kenyan star was tragically killed in a car accident on Sunday.

The runner passed away on Sunday at the age of 24 in his native Kenya, with his coach, Rwanda’s Gervais Hakizimana, 37, also killed in the road accident near Kaptagat.

The area in the south-west of Kenya is renowned as a training base for distance runners.

MailOnline reports that members of the public visited the scene of the accident on Monday to pay their tributes to the late star.

Fellow Kenyan long-distance stars were also pictured after viewing Kiptum’s body at the Racecourse Mortuary in the Rift Valley town of Eldoret.

Faith Kipyegon, a double Olympic champion in the women’s 1,500m was pictured in tears after viewing Kiptum’s body.

One woman was pictured being carried away from the mortuary.

New images have also been published which show the extent of the damage to athlete’s Toyota Premio.

Details of the crash were revealed on Monday, with a female passenger, Sharon Chepkemoi, 32, surviving the incident after being taken to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

According to Kenneth Kimaiyo – one of the first responders at the crash site – via Nation, Kiptum’s body was found under the vehicle with the runner already dead, and Hakizimana still alive on a hill.

The newspaper adds that Kiptum, who was a father of two and the son of a runner and volleyball player, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a big tree at the Kaptagat area along the Eldama Ravine-Eldoret.

Kiptum had been on his way back from Eldoret in Uasin Gishu County.

Jackson Tuwei, President of Athletics Kenya, said the vehicle veered off the road into a ditch before hitting a big tree 60 metres from the main road.

Pascal Madu

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