In a tragic turn of events, Kenya’s marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, passed away in a road accident on Sunday. The 24-year-old had set the world record in Chicago in October and won the London Marathon in April.
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.
The prime minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, along with the minister for sports, Ababu Namwamba, expressed heartbreak over the loss of Kelvin Kiptum. The president of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe, was also deeply saddened by the news and described Kiptum as an incredible athlete who is leaving behind an incredible legacy.
Kelvin Kiptum recently had his world record ratified by World Athletics and announced plans to become the first athlete to run an official marathon in under two hours in Rotterdam in April. Unfortunately, his untimely death was a shock to the sports world.