Kenyan Member of Parliament Gideon Kimaiyo has confirmed the tragic accident that led to the death of marathon runner John Kiptum and his coach. In a statement, Kimaiyo expressed his deepest condolences for the loss of Kiptum, who was only 24 years old when he set a new world record in the Chicago Marathon. He also set a record time in the London Marathon in 2023.
The news of their deaths has left the people of Keiyo South saddened, as they mourn the loss of an incredible athlete and his coach. The organisers of the London Marathon have also expressed their deepest condolences to the families, friends, teammates and the Kenyan nation. World Athletics president Seb Coe shared his shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach, sending out a message on social media expressing his condolences.
Coe spoke about Kiptum’s incredible legacy and impact on athletics, saying that he will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. His passing is a huge loss to not only Kenya but to the entire athletic community. The people of Keiyo South are praying for strength during this difficult time and mourning such a great athlete and mentor.