The tragic accident that claimed the lives of Kenyan runners Kiptum and his coach has left the people of Keiyo South devastated. Gideon Kimaiyo, a member of parliament from the area, confirmed their death in a statement. Kimaiyo expressed his deepest condolences for Kiptum and his coach, calling Kiptum a legend.
Kiptum was only 24 years old when he set a new world record in the Chicago Marathon in 2023. He also achieved a record time in the London Marathon that same year. His accomplishments were celebrated by many, and he was seen as an inspiration to aspiring runners around the world.
The organisers of the London Marathon also mourned the loss of Kiptum and his coach. World Athletics president Seb Coe shared his shock and deep sadness at the loss of such talented athletes. The organisation sent their deepest condolences to the families, friends, teammates, and the Kenyan nation.
Coe spoke about Kiptum’s incredible legacy and how he will be dearly missed. He said that Kiptum had achieved so much in such a short amount of time, and his impact on athletics would be felt for years to come. The people of Keiyo South will always remember Kiptum as a hero who inspired them to chase their dreams.