Milka Chemos, a Kenyan runner, rushed to the hospital in Eldoret after hearing about the tragic road accident that claimed the lives of world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana on Sunday. Kiptum, who was 24 years old, was a rising star in the running world and had made history just months before by becoming the first man to run a marathon in under 2:01. His record time of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October surpassed the previous record set by Eliud Kipchoge.
Kiptum’s family was present at the hospital to identify his body, and news of his untimely death was shared by former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who mourned the loss of an “extraordinary individual” and expressed his condolences to Kiptum’s loved ones, friends and the entire athletics community. World Athletics recently confirmed and ratified Kiptum’s remarkable achievement.
In response to the tragic news, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach, extending his condolences to their families, friends, teammates and the entire nation of Kenya. He highlighted Kiptum’s remarkable legacy and the impact he has had on the world of athletics.