Gervais Hakizimana, the coach of the late Kelvin Kiptum, was also killed in the same accident. Kiptum, a 24-year-old Kenyan runner, held the world marathon record and had broken the course record for the London Marathon last year. His tragic death has left the athletics community in mourning.
Seb Coe, president of World Athletics, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of Kiptum and his coach. In a statement, he recognized Kiptum’s incredible legacy and offered condolences to his family and loved ones. Coe stated that Kiptum’s achievements will be deeply missed and that he will always be remembered as a true legend in the sport.
Gideon Kimaiyo, a Kenyan member of parliament, also expressed his sorrow over Kiptum’s death. He described him as a legend who had inspired many young runners to follow in his footsteps. Kimaiyo offered condolences to Kiptum’s family and encouraged others to remember him as a true athlete who had given his all to the sport.