In a tragic accident on the Eldoret-Kaptagat road in Kenya, world marathon record holder and London Marathon winner Kelvin Kiptum has died at the age of 24. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also lost his life in the crash.
Kelvin Kiptum was at the peak of his career, breaking course records and winning marathons all over the world. Last year he broke the men’s world record at the Chicago Marathon, crossing the finish line in two hours and 35 seconds. His record was ratified by international track federation World Athletics last week.
The people of Keiyo South are mourning the loss of this talented athlete and his coach. Their families, friends, teammates, and fellow Kenyans are deeply saddened by this devastating loss. We extend our condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.
World Athletics president Seb Coe issued a statement expressing shock and sadness over the loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach. He said that on behalf of all World Athletics they send their deepest condolences to their families and loved ones.