Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, a member of the group of athletes that rushed to the hospital in Eldoret after hearing about the crash, paid tribute to Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana. Kiptum, a rising star in the running world, was only 24 years old when he tragically passed away in a car accident on Sunday. His coach also lost his life in the same accident.
Kiptum made history at the age of 23 by becoming the first man to run a marathon in under 2:01. His record-breaking time of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October surpassed the previous record set by Eliud Kipchoge. World Athletics recently confirmed and ratified Kiptum’s remarkable achievement, but his untimely death was shared by former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga who mourned him as a “remarkable individual” and offered condolences to his loved ones, friends, and the entire athletics community.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach, offering condolences to their families, friends, teammates, and the entire nation of Kenya. He emphasized Kiptum’s extraordinary legacy and the impact he had on the world of athletics. The loss of such talented young athletes is a tragedy that has left many people around