In a statement, World Athletics President Seb Coe expressed shock and sadness over the sudden death of 24-year-old Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, who held the world marathon record and had broken the course record for the London Marathon just last year.
Kiptum’s tragic accident occurred in Kenya, along with his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. The news of their passing has left the athletic community in mourning.
Gideon Kimaiyo, a Kenyan member of parliament, confirmed the deaths and offered his condolences to the families affected. He described Kiptum as a legend and recognized his incredible accomplishments throughout his career.
Coe also paid tribute to Kiptum’s legacy and expressed his deepest condolences to those affected by this devastating loss. The world of athletics will miss Kiptum dearly as he was at the prime of his career, having secured significant victories and accomplishments.