Kelvin Kiptum and his coach have tragically died in a road accident in Kenya, as confirmed by Kenyan MP Gideon Kimaiyo. The accident occurred along the Eldoret-Kaptagat road, leading to the passing of the world marathon record holder and his coach.
Mr. Kimaiyo expressed the deep sadness felt at the loss of Kiptum and praised his career and legacy while offering thoughts and prayers to their families and the community. Kiptum, aged 24, broke the world record at the 2022 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2 hours and 35 seconds, also achieving a record time in the London Marathon the following year.
In response to the tragic news, the organisers of the London Marathon and World Athletics President Seb Coe expressed their shock and grief at the loss of Kiptum and his coach, offering condolences to their families, friends, and the entire nation of Kenya. The impact of Kiptum’s incredible athletic achievements and the legacy he leaves behind were also highlighted, emphasizing the profound loss felt by the sports community.