Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga yesterday, Sunday announced the death of marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptom and his coach Jervis Hakizimana following a traffic accident on Sunday.
“Devastating news. We are saddened by the loss of a special man, Kelvin Kiptom, world record holder and icon of Kenyan athletics,” the Kenyan Prime Minister said via his account on the X social media platform.
He said, “He and his coach tragically died in an accident tonight. My deepest condolences to his loved ones, friends and the entire athletics family. Our country is saddened by the terrible loss of a true champion.”
Earlier, Kenya's Sports Minister Abu Namwamba said through his account on the X platform, “It is extremely painful. Kenya has lost an extraordinary gem. I cannot find words (to express the incident). “
World Record: There's a new man in our town. Kelvin Kiptom broke Eliud Kipchoge's world record with an unofficial time of 2:00:35! Incredible! pic.twitter.com/XfeMEzPveZ
– Chicago Marathon (@ChiMarathon) 8 October 2023
Kiptom, 24, clocked a world record of two hours and 35 seconds at the Chicago Marathon last October, shortening the world record of two hours and 01.09 minutes set by his compatriot Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin in 2022.
Kiptom, who holds three of the seven fastest marathon records in history, was hoping to become the first runner to run under two-hour race conditions in Rotterdam in April, as well as make his first appearance at the next Paris Olympics. Were staying. july.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe said in a statement: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptom and his coach Hakizimana. On behalf of the IAAF, we offer our deepest condolences to their families, friends, colleagues and Express.” Kenya. He is an amazing athlete and leaves an amazing legacy and we will miss him greatly.”
According to the Nation newspaper, Kiptom was traveling in a car with his Rwandan coach and a woman near the Rift Valley village where he was born when the accident occurred.
Kiptom and his trainer Jervis died at the scene, but the woman, Sharon Kosgei, survived with serious injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
“It was a suicide accident,” the newspaper quoted local police chief Peter Mulenge as saying.
Kiptom had broken the London Marathon course record earlier last year, and was determined to do something different again in Chicago, which he did by sprinting 35 kilometers while raising his arms in the air amid the cheers of the spectators. Achieved by running. Straight into the final, announcing that he had won the race title and broken the world record.
Hakizimana, 36, was a former long-distance runner and still holds the Rwandan record in the 3,000 meters hurdles. He first met Kiptom when he was training in the Rift Valley and worked with him extensively before the London Marathon last year.
Kenyan sprinter David Rudisha, two-time Olympic champion and world record holder in the 800 meters, said on his account