Kelvin Kiptum, Kenya’s world record-holding marathon runner, has died in a automotive crash. The demise of the 24-year-old, who was driving in western Kenya on Sunday night when his automotive rolled over, has left the world of athletics in shock.
In keeping with worldwide media studies, Kiptum misplaced management of the car, and the younger working sensation and his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana, had been killed on the spot, an area police officer stated. A feminine passenger who sustained accidents was rushed to the hospital.
Kiptum exploded onto the marathon scene when he ran a world file 2:00:35 in Chicago in October, taking 34 seconds off fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge’s earlier file.
He was simply 23 years outdated on the time, and competing in solely his third marathon. Kiptum additionally gained his different two races: his debut in Valencia in 2022 and a follow-up in London the next 12 months.
The Kenyan had introduced he would try and change into the primary man to run an official marathon underneath the two-hour mark in Rotterdam on April 14.
Kiptum was the overwhelming favorite to take the gold on the upcoming Summer time Olympics in Paris.
Tributes poured in following the information of Kiptum’s demise.
World Athletics remembered him as “one of the most exciting new prospects to emerge in road running in recent years”.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe stated in a press release.
“On behalf of all World Athletics, we send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, teammates and the Kenyan nation.”
Coe stated solely final week he had been in Chicago “to officially ratify” Kiptum’s file.
“An incredible athlete leaving an incredible legacy, we will miss him dearly.”