Seb Coe, the president of World Athletics, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Kiptum, who was 24 years old, held the world marathon record. Last year, he broke the course record for the London Marathon. However, Kiptum tragically died in a road accident in Kenya, along with his coach.
Kiptum’s death comes at a time when he was at the prime of his career, having secured significant victories and accomplishments. World Athletics president Seb Coe expressed his deepest condolences and recognized Kiptum’s incredible legacy, stating that he will be missed dearly.
Gideon Kimaiyo, a Kenyan member of parliament, confirmed the deaths in a statement. He described Kiptum as a legend and expressed sorrow over the loss, offering condolences to the families affected by this tragedy.