In a tragic accident on Sunday, Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record holder, passed away. The 24-year-old had won the London Marathon in April and set the world record in Chicago in October. According to a police report, Kiptum lost control of his vehicle while driving in Kaptagat, south-west Kenya, at 11pm local time. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also died in the crash, with a third person being taken to the hospital.
The prime minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, expressed deep sorrow over the loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach. The minister for sports, Ababu Namwamba, also expressed their heartbreak over the loss of these talented athletes. Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics was deeply saddened by the news and described Kiptum as an incredible athlete who is leaving behind an incredible legacy.
According to local county commander Peter Mulinge, the accident was caused by Kiptum losing control of his vehicle and striking a tree before landing in a ditch. Unfortunately for both Kiptum and Hakizimana they were killed instantly while the third passenger was taken to a hospital in Eldoret for treatment.
Kelvin Kiptum recently had his world record ratified by World Athletics and announced plans to become the first athlete to run an official marathon in under two hours in Rotterdam in April. His untimely death has shocked not only Kenya but also the entire sports community worldwide.
The sports world is mourning the loss of these talented athletes who left behind an incredible legacy. Their contributions will be greatly missed and their memory will live on through those they have inspired.