Kelvin Kiptum, a 24-year-old Kenyan runner who held the world marathon record, tragically died in a road accident along with his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Kiptum broke the course record for the London Marathon last year and was at the prime of his career.
Seb Coe, the president of World Athletics, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of Kiptum and his coach. In a statement, he described Kiptum as a legend and offered condolences to the families affected. Coe recognized Kiptum’s incredible legacy and stated that he will be deeply missed.
Gideon Kimaiyo, a Kenyan member of parliament, confirmed the deaths in a statement. He described Kiptum as an inspiration to many and expressed sorrow over the loss. Kimaiyo offered condolences to the families affected and called for a moment of silence to honor Kiptum’s memory.