Kelvin Kiptum, the Kenyan athlete who held the world marathon record and broke the course record for the London Marathon last year, tragically died in a road accident in Kenya. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also passed away in the accident.
Seb Coe, the president of World Athletics, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of Kiptum and his coach. He described Kiptum as a legend and recognized his incredible accomplishments in the sport. Coe also offered condolences to Kiptum’s family and friends on behalf of World Athletics.
Gideon Kimaiyo, a Kenyan member of parliament, confirmed the deaths of Kiptum and his coach in a statement. He praised Kiptum’s achievements and expressed sorrow over his loss. Kimaiyo also offered condolences to those affected by this tragic event.
Kiptum’s death is a great loss for not only Kenya but for the entire athletic community. His legacy will live on through his many accomplishments and contributions to the sport of running.