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In a tragic turn of events, Kenyan long-distance runner Kelvin Kiptum, who holds the world record for the men’s marathon, passed away at the age of 24 following a road accident in his homeland. His coach Garvais Hakizimana also lost his life in the same incident, which took place in the Kaptagat area along Elgeyo Marakwet road.
Kiptum, known for his impressive performance at major marathons such as the London Marathon and Chicago Marathon, was scheduled to participate in the Rotterdam Marathon in April of this year. His death has been widely mourned as an incredible loss to the athletic community and the Kenyan nation.
World Athletics president Seb Coe, Kenyan police commander Peter Mulinge, and former Kenyan Prime Minister have all expressed their condolences and paid tribute to Kiptum. The tragedy has brought attention to the dangers faced by athletes while traveling for competitions and training purposes.