Two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has joined Kenyans in mourning the tragic loss of world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum, who passed away in a road accident on Sunday night.
Kiptum, aged 24, and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana from Rwanda, lost their lives around 11 p.m. along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine Road in the Kaptagat area of Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Tragically, the 24-year-old’s untimely demise occurred just days after his world record was officially ratified by World Athletics.
Kiptum and Kipchoge were anticipated to compete head-to-head in this year’s Olympic Games in Paris.
In a heartfelt tribute shared on X, Kipchoge further remembered Kiptum as a rising star destined for greatness.
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic passing of the Marathon World record holder and rising star Kelvin Kiptum,” the renowned marathoner expressed.
“An athlete who had a whole life ahead of him to achieve incredible greatness. I offer my deepest condolences to his young family. May God comfort you during this trying time.”
Kiptum gained international recognition in April 2023 after securing victory in the London Marathon with a record-breaking time of two hours, one minute, and 25 seconds.
He further cemented his legacy in October by surpassing Kipchoge’s record during the 2023 Chicago marathon, achieving a remarkable time of two hours and 35 seconds in the 42-kilometre race held in Chicago.