In a tragic turn of events, Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record holder, and his coach Gervais Hakizimana lost their lives in a car accident in Kenya on Sunday at the age of 24. Kiptum, who hailed from western Kenya, was a rising star in the running world and had made history by becoming the first man to run a marathon in under 2:01 at the age of 23. His record-breaking time of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon surpassed the previous record set by Eliud Kipchoge.
World Athletics recently confirmed and ratified Kiptum’s remarkable achievement. The news of his untimely death was shared by former Kenyan prime minister, Raila Odinga, who mourned the loss of the “remarkable individual” and offered his condolences to Kiptum’s loved ones, friends, and the entire athletics community.
In response to the tragic news, World Athletics President, Sebastian Coe, expressed shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach. He emphasized Kiptum’s extraordinary legacy and the impact he had on the world of athletics. Coe offered his condolences to their families, friends, teammates and the entire nation of Kenya.