On Sunday, Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum, a world marathon record holder, passed away in a tragic road accident. Kiptum, who was 24 years old, won the London Marathon in April and set the world record in Chicago in October. According to a police report, Kiptum lost control of his vehicle while driving in Kaptagat, south-west Kenya at 11pm local time. His coach Gervais Hakizimana also died in the crash with a third person being taken to the hospital.
Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba expressed their heartbreak over the loss of Kelvin Kiptum. The president of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe, also mourned the athlete’s death as an incredible athlete leaving behind an incredible legacy.
According to local county commander Peter Mulinge, the accident occurred when Kiptum lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree before landing in a ditch. Unfortunately for both athletes and their families, this accident marked an end to their promising careers.