BREAKING NEWS: World Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum is Dead.
BREAKING NEWS: World Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum is Dead: Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana died in a tragic road accident Sunday night in the Kaptagat area along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road.
Kiptum is said to have been the one driving the vehicle heading to Eldoret when the accident occured.
Elgeyo Marakwet County Commandant Peter Mulinge said,” The accident happened around 11 pm. The car had three occupants, two died on the spot while one was taken to hospital.”
Athletics Kenya has since mourned the death of the record world holder and his coach saying:
“Athletics Kenya is deeply saddened to announce the passing on of the World Marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana. Our condolences go out to their families and the entire athletics community during this difficult time.”
Kiptum broke Eliud Kipchoge’s world record in Chicago last October, running 26.1 miles in two hours and 35 seconds.
Notably, Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics has mourned Kiptum and described Kiptum as “an incredible athlete”.
He stated, “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss. On behalf of all World Athletics we send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, teammates and the Kenyan nation.”
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