On Sunday, a terrible car accident occurred in Kenya, claiming the lives of marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Kiptum, a young athlete from western Kenya who was gaining popularity in the running community, died at the age of 24.
Following the news of the crash, athletes rushed to identify Kiptum’s body at Eldoret hospital. Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos was among those who arrived at the hospital to pay their respects. Kiptum made history by becoming the first man to run a marathon in under 2:01 at the age of 23. He set this remarkable feat at the Chicago Marathon in October year, surpassing Eliud Kipchoge’s previous record time of 2:01:39.
World Athletics has recently confirmed and ratified Kiptum’s achievement as a world record holder. Raila Odinga, former Kenyan prime minister, expressed deep condolences for his untimely death and offered his support to Kiptum’s family and friends.
Sebastian Coe, President of World Athletics, also expressed shock and deep sadness over Kiptum’s passing and that of his coach. In his statement, he emphasized that Kiptum had left an extraordinary legacy in athletics and would be remembered as one of its greatest contributors. Coe also offered condolences to all those affected by this tragedy.