The tragic loss of 24-year-old Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, has left the world of athletics in mourning. Kiptum was a Kenyan marathon runner who held the world marathon record and had just broken the course record for the London Marathon last year. However, this past week, he tragically lost his life in a road accident in Kenya.
Seb Coe, the president of World Athletics, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of Kiptum and his coach. In a statement, Coe described Kiptum as an incredible athlete who had just been at the prime of his career when he lost his life. He recognized Kiptum’s significant accomplishments and condolences to those affected by his death.
Gideon Kimaiyo, a Kenyan member of parliament, confirmed the deaths in a statement and described Kiptum as a legend. Kimaiyo offered condolences to Kiptum’s family and friends on behalf of all Kenyans. He expressed deep sorrow over the loss of such an exceptional athlete who had brought pride to Kenya on an international level.
Kiptum’s legacy will continue to be remembered for many years to come as he was one of the most talented young athletes in recent history. His achievements will serve as an inspiration for aspiring athletes around the world who dream of achieving greatness in their respective sports.