In a devastating car accident that claimed the lives of two young athletes, Kenya has lost its world record holder for the marathon, Kelvin Kiptum. The 24-year-old athlete was known for his incredible talent and potential in the marathon, having set a new world record just months before his tragic death.
Kiptum’s coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also lost his life in the same accident. The news of their deaths was reported by the Daily Standard. Kiptum had achieved the remarkable feat of setting a new world record for the marathon in October, running an incredible time of 2:00:35 in Chicago. He was just 23 when he broke the previous record, which had been held by Eliud Kipchoge.
Sarah Lorge Butler, a writer and editor based in Oregon who has been covering stories about running and fitness for Runner’s World since 2005, expressed her condolences to Kiptum’s family and friends. She is also the author of two popular fitness books, Run Your Butt Off! and Walk Your Butt Off!
The tragic loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach has deeply impacted the running community and the entire nation of Kenya. World Athletics officially ratified Kiptum’s record on February 6th. The president of World Athletics, Sebastien Coe, expressed shock and sadness over the news of their deaths, offering his deepest condolences to their families and friends.