In response to Nation, Kiptum was driving along with his coach, Rwanda’s Gervais Hakizimana, on Sunday night time in Kaptagat, Kenya, when he misplaced management of the automobile and crashed right into a tree.
“This was a self-involved accident the place Kiptum was driving his car with two passengers. Kiptum and Hakizimana died on the spot and the third particular person was rushed to Racecourse Hospital in Eldoret,” mentioned native police.
On the 2023 Chicago Marathon, Kiptum made historical past by breaking the boys’s marathon world document in an astonishing time of two:00:35, turning into the primary man to run below the two:01 mark. He was coaching to problem the two-hour marathon barrier on the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon in April.
“We’re shocked and deeply saddened to be taught of the devastating lack of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. On behalf of all World Athletics, we ship our deepest condolences to their households, associates, teammates and the Kenyan nation. It was solely earlier this week in Chicago, the place the place Kelvin set his extraordinary marathon world document, that I used to be capable of formally ratify his historic time. An unimaginable athlete leaving an unimaginable legacy, we are going to miss him dearly,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe mentioned in an announcement.
Kiptum aspired to interrupt the two-hour marathon mark and signify Kenya within the marathon on the 2024 Paris Olympics.