Leaders mourn Marathon Star Kiptum and Coach in car crash


Kenyan leaders have expressed their condolences following the tragic demise of Kelvin Kiptum, the World Marathon record holder, who passed away on Sunday night in a road accident at Kaptagat on the Elgeyo Marakwet – Ravine road.

Kiptum was accompanied by his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana, who also lost his life in the accident. Kiptum’s death comes just six days after the IAAF ratified his record-breaking time of 2:00:35.

Azimio leader Raila Odinga described Kiptum’s passing as devastating news, acknowledging him as “a remarkable individual, Kelvin Kiptum, World Record holder and Kenyan athletics icon.” He extended his deepest condolences to Kiptum’s loved ones, friends, and the entire athletics fraternity, mourning the loss of a true hero.

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National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula expressed his sympathies, remarking that Kiptum’s promising career had been abruptly cut short through a tragic road accident. He lamented the loss, stating that as a young and emerging marathon world record holder, Kiptum was seen as the natural successor to the legendary Eliud Kipchoge.

Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen acknowledged Kiptum’s untimely passing at the age of only 24, highlighting the void left in the world of marathon running where he was just beginning to showcase his exceptional talent. Murkomen emphasized Kiptum’s significant achievements, including surpassing Eliud Kipchoge’s record during the 2023 Chicago Marathon, and his potential representation of Kenya in the upcoming Paris Olympics, underscoring the nation’s prowess in marathon running. He also expressed deep sorrow over the loss of Kiptum’s coach, Rwanda’s Gervais Hakizimana, stating that their absence is deeply felt throughout the athletic community.

Langata MP Phelix Oduor, known as Jalang’o, lamented the timing of Kiptum’s passing, just as the stage was set for significant marathon events, and bid him farewell, saying “Rest well champ.”

Kimilili MP Didimus Barasa highlighted Kiptum’s inspiring achievements and his kindness, extending his thoughts to Kiptum’s loved ones and the athletics community.

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang expressed the shock and speechlessness of Kenyans upon hearing the news of Kiptum and his coach Hakizimana’s untimely passing. He prayed for strength and comfort for Kiptum’s family during this difficult time, concluding with “RIP Champion!”

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