Kenyan member of parliament Gideon Kimaiyo has confirmed the tragic death of 24-year-old athlete Samuel Kiptum and his coach. In a statement, Kimaiyo expressed condolences to the families, friends, and teammates of Kiptum, calling him a legend.
The news of their accident has left the people of Keiyo South saddened. Kiptum had set a new world record in the Chicago Marathon in 2023 and also set a record time in the London Marathon in 2023. His legacy will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.
The organizers of the London Marathon also expressed deep sadness at the news of Kiptum and his coach’s death. World Athletics president Seb Coe shared his shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach. The organization sent their deepest condolences to the families, friends, teammates, and the Kenyan nation. Coe spoke of Kiptum’s incredible legacy and the impact he left behind, saying that he will be dearly missed.