Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, along with his coach Gervais Hakizimana, tragically passed away in a car accident near his childhood village of Chepsamo in western Kenya. The accident occurred while Kiptum was driving and a third person in the car suffered serious injuries. Kiptum recently made headlines with his victory in the Chicago marathon, achieving a record time of 2 hours and 35 seconds.
The unexpected death of Kiptum and his coach has deeply impacted the Kenyan running community. Two-time Olympic champion David Rudisha expressed his shock and sadness, calling it a significant loss. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also lamented the loss of Kiptum as a remarkable individual and icon in Kenyan Athletics.
Kiptum had plans to compete in the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon and had his sights set on the Paris Olympics, aiming to beat his own record time. He was determined to continue pushing his limits, showing great potential in the sport. His tragic loss is a reminder that life can be unpredictable, and we must cherish every moment we have with our loved ones.