Kenya mourns the loss of one of its brightest athletic talents as world marathon record holder and London Marathon champion, Kelvin Kiptum, tragically passed away at the age of 24 in a road accident. The devastating news also saw the loss of his coach, Gervais Hakizimana.
Kenyan member of parliament, Gideon Kimaiyo, confirmed the heartbreaking news in a statement on X, expressing deep sorrow over the untimely demise of both Kiptum and Hakizimana. "Kelvin Kiptum was at the prime of his career, a legend in his own right. It's a tough one to take," Mr. Kimaiyo remarked, offering condolences to their families and the community of Keiyo South.
Kiptum's athletic prowess was unparalleled. He shattered records in both the London and Chicago Marathons, leaving an indelible mark on the sport. Last year, he clinched victory in the London Marathon, setting a course record with a remarkable finish time of two hours, one minute, and 25 seconds. Additionally, he broke the men's world record at the Chicago Marathon, crossing the line in an astonishing two hours and 35 seconds, surpassing the mark set by his fellow Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge.
His extraordinary achievements were duly recognized by the international track federation, World Athletics, which ratified his record just last week. World Athletics president, Seb Coe, expressed shock and deep sadness over Kiptum and Hakizimana's tragic loss. "An incredible athlete leaving an incredible legacy, we will miss him dearly," Coe remarked, extending heartfelt condolences to their families, friends, teammates, and the entire Kenyan nation.
Kelvin Kiptum's untimely departure has left a void in the world of athletics, but his extraordinary accomplishments will continue to inspire generations to come. May his soul, and that of his coach, rest