Gideon Kimaiyo, a Kenyan member of parliament, confirmed the tragic deaths of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Kiptum was only 24 years old and held the world marathon record. Last year, he broke the course record for the London Marathon.
Seb Coe, the president of World Athletics, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of such a talented young athlete. He recognized Kiptum’s incredible legacy and offered condolences to his family and friends.
Kiptum’s death is a great loss for the athletic community as he was at the prime of his career, having secured significant victories and accomplishments. His coach Hakizimana was also killed in the accident, leaving behind a family devastated by their loss.
As Seb Coe said in his statement “Kelvin Kiptum was an inspiration to us all – a legend in every sense of the word,” it is clear that his impact will be felt for years to come. The world athletic community mourns this terrible tragedy and will continue to honor Kiptum’s memory through his achievements and contributions to the sport.