In Kenya, a young marathon runner named Kelvin Kiptum tragically lost his life in a car accident on Sunday at the age of 24. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also passed away in the same accident. Kiptum was a rising star in the running world and hailed from western Kenya.
At the age of 23, Kiptum made history 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.
After learning about the crash, a group of athletes, including Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, rushed to the hospital in Eldoret, where Kiptum’s family was present to identify his body. World Athletics President, Sebastian Coe, expressed shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach, offering his condolences to their families, friends, teammates, and the entire nation of Kenya.
Former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga mourned the loss of the “remarkable individual” and offered his condolences to Kiptum’s loved ones and friends. He highlighted Kiptum’s extraordinary legacy and impact on the world of athletics.