Kelvin Kiptum, the 24-year-old world marathon record holder, died in a road accident in Kenya along with his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Kiptum had broken the course record for the London Marathon just last year.
Seb Coe, president of World Athletics, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of Kiptum and his coach. He described Kiptum as an incredible athlete who had achieved significant victories and accomplishments throughout his career.
Gideon Kimaiyo, a Kenyan member of parliament, confirmed the deaths in a statement. He mourned the loss of Kiptum and offered condolences to the families affected by this tragedy.
Seb Coe recognized Kiptum’s incredible legacy and expressed deepest condolences to all those affected by this loss. The athletic community is mourning the loss of such a talented young athlete who had so much potential to continue breaking records and making history in the sport.