In a tragic accident along the Eldoret-Kaptagat road, world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana have lost their lives. The news has been announced by Kenyan member of parliament Gideon Kimaiyo, who confirmed the pair’s death in a statement.
Kelvin Kiptum was at the prime of his career and was known for breaking course records in major marathons. He won the London Marathon last year, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 1 minute and 25 seconds, setting a new course record. Just last year, he also broke the men’s world record at the Chicago Marathon, winning in 2 hours and 35 seconds. His records were ratified by international track federation World Athletics last week.
World Athletics president Seb Coe expressed shock and condolences on behalf of all athletics worldwide: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana.” He added that Kiptum’s legacy will live on as an incredible athlete who left an indelible mark on the sport.
The people of Keiyo South are mourning this loss and sending their thoughts to Kiptum’s family during this difficult time. The Kenya Athletics Federation also paid tribute to Kiptum, saying that he was a true inspiration to many young athletes in Kenya. They released a statement expressing their deepest condolences to his family and friends on this tragic loss.