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. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also lost their lives in the accident. Kiptum had just made headlines with his victory in the Chicago marathon, achieving a record time of 2 hours and 35 seconds.
The sudden loss of Kiptum and his coach has left the Kenyan running community deeply affected. Two-time Olympic champion David Rudisha expressed his shock and sadness, calling it a significant loss. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also lamented the loss of Kiptum as a remarkable individual and icon in Kenyan Athletics.
Kiptum had big plans for the future, including competing in the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon and setting his sights on the Paris Olympics. He was determined to continue pushing himself to achieve great things, showing great potential in the sport. His legacy will be remembered for years to come as he continues to inspire many aspiring runners around the world.