24-year-old Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record holder, tragically lost his life in a car accident in Kenya on Sunday. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also passed away in the same accident. Kiptum was a rising star in the running world and hailed from western Kenya.
On Sunday morning, after learning about the crash, a group of athletes rushed to the hospital in Eldoret where Kiptum’s family was present to identify his body. Kiptum made history at the age of 23 by becoming the first man to run a marathon in under 2:01. His remarkable time of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October surpassed the previous record set by Eliud Kipchoge.
World Athletics recently confirmed and ratified Kiptum’s achievement, which has been celebrated by many as an extraordinary feat. The news of Kiptum’s untimely death was shared by former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga who mourned him as a “remarkable individual” and offered his condolences to Kiptum’s loved ones, friends and the entire athletics community.
In response to this tragic news, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed shock and deep sadness at losing such a talented athlete and his coach. He emphasized that their legacy would live on through their incredible achievements and impact on the world of athletics. Coe also expressed his condolences to their families, friends and teammates and urged everyone to remember them fondly.