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Kenya has suffered a tremendous loss with the death of Kelvin Kiptum, the world record holder for the men’s marathon. At just 24 years old, Kiptum passed away in a road accident in Kenya. His coach Garvais Hakizimana also lost his life in the same incident, which occurred in the Kaptagat area along Elgeyo Marakwet road.
Kiptum was known for his incredible achievements in marathon running, including winning the London Marathon and breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon just last year. He was scheduled to participate in the Rotterdam Marathon in April of this year.
World Athletics president Seb Coe, Kenyan police commander Peter Mulinge, and former Kenyan Prime Minister all expressed their condolences and paid tribute to Kiptum. His death was widely mourned as an incredible loss to the athletic community and the Kenyan nation.