Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum tragically died in a road accident near his childhood village of Chepsamo in western Kenya, along with his coach Gervais Hakiziman. The accident happened while Kiptum was driving, and the third person in the car sustained serious injuries.
The unexpected death of Kiptum and his coach deeply affected the Kenyan racing community. Two-time Olympic champion David Rudisha expressed shock and sadness, calling it a significant loss. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also lamented the loss of Kiptum as an outstanding figure and icon in Kenyan athletics.
Kiptum had plans to compete in the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon and had his sights set on the Paris Olympics, aiming to break his record. He was determined to continue pushing his limits, showing great potential in the sport.