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Tragically, Kelvin Kiptum, the world record holder for the men’s marathon, passed away at the age of 24 due to a road accident in Kenya. In the same incident, his coach Garvais Hakizimana also lost his life. The accident occurred in the Kaptagat area along Elgeyo Marakwet road.
Kiptum was known for his impressive achievements in marathon racing, including winning the London Marathon and breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon just last year. He had been scheduled to participate in the Rotterdam Marathon in April of this year.
The loss of Kiptum was deeply felt by many in the athletic community and the Kenyan nation. World Athletics president Seb Coe, Kenyan police commander Peter Mulinge, and former Kenyan Prime Minister all expressed condolences and paid tribute to Kiptum. His death was widely mourned as an incredible loss to both sport and Kenya as a whole.