In a statement, Gideon Kimaiyo, the Kenyan member of parliament, confirmed the tragic deaths of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Kiptum was just 24 years old and held the world marathon record. Last year, he broke the course record for the London Marathon.
Seb Coe, the president of World Athletics, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of Kiptum and his coach. He recognized Kiptum’s incredible legacy and offered his deepest condolences to the families affected by this devastating tragedy.
Kiptum’s death comes at a time when he was at the prime of his career, having secured significant victories and accomplishments. His loss will be deeply felt by many in the athletic community, who mourn not only a talented athlete but also a beloved friend and colleague.