The world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, tragically passed away in a car accident in Kenya on Sunday at the age of 24. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also lost his life in the same accident. The news of their untimely deaths has shocked and saddened many in the athletics community, including their families and loved ones.
Kiptum was a rising star in the running world and had made history at the age of 23 by becoming the first man to run a marathon in under 2:01. His record-breaking 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 remarkable achievement, recognizing his exceptional talent and contributions to the sport.
Former Kenyan prime minister, Raila Odinga, expressed his condolences to Kiptum’s loved ones and offered tribute to the “remarkable individual” who had inspired many with his passion for running and dedication to excellence. Similarly, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe offered his deepest sympathies to Kiptum’s family and friends, as well as his teammates and fellow athletes from Kenya. He emphasized Kiptum’s extraordinary legacy and impact on the world of athletics.
As athletes gathered at Eldoret Hospital to pay their respects to Kiptum’s family, Milcah Chemos led a group of runners who rushed there after learning about the tragedy. They were joined by other prominent athletes from Kenya who mourned the loss of their fellow competitor and friend.
The tragic loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana has left a void in