In a devastating accident that took place in Kenya on February 11, world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana lost their lives. Kiptum was only 24 years old at the time of his death. The news of their tragic passing was reported by the Daily Standard.
Kiptum had achieved an incredible feat when he set a new world record for the marathon in October, running an amazing time of 2:00:35 in Chicago. At just 23 years old, he had broken the previous record held by Eliud Kipchoge. Kiptum’s average pace for the marathon was an impressive 4:36 per mile, and he negative split the race, running the first half in 1:00:48 and the second half in 59:47. World Athletics officially ratified Kiptum’s record on February 6. The president of World Athletics, Sebastien Coe, expressed shock and sadness over the news of Kiptum and Hakizimana’s deaths, offering his deepest condolences to their families and friends.
Kiptum’s talent and potential in the marathon were evident from his early victories. He won his first marathon in Valencia, Spain in 2022 with a time of 2:01:53 and was also victorious in the 2022 London Marathon, coming within 16 seconds of Kipchoge’s record. His sights were set on breaking the 2-hour barrier at the Rotterdam Marathon in April