In a tragic turn of events, Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum passed away in a car accident near his childhood village of Chepsamo in western Kenya. Along with him was his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. A third person in the car also suffered serious injuries.
Kiptum had recently made headlines with his victory in the Chicago marathon, achieving a record time of 2 hours and 35 seconds. His death has deeply impacted the Kenyan running community, with many expressing their shock and sadness at this significant loss.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga lamented the loss of Kiptum as a remarkable individual and icon in Kenyan Athletics. Two-time Olympic champion David Rudisha also expressed his condolences, calling it a devastating blow to the sport.
Despite this tragedy, Kiptum had plans to continue pushing himself in the sport. He had set his sights on competing in the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon and aiming to beat his own record time at the Paris Olympics. Kiptum was determined to continue showing great potential in the sport and leave an indelible mark on Kenyan Athletics.