Kelvin Kiptum, the quickest man to ever end a marathon race, was killed Sunday in a automobile accident in Kenya, the worldwide monitor federation World Athletics introduced. He was 24 years previous.
Kiptum set his blazing 2:00:35 file time on the Chicago Marathon in October. He was the primary particular person to ever end a record-eligible marathon below 2 hours and one minute.
His operating coach, Gervais Hakizimana, was additionally killed within the accident, which occurred simply earlier than 11:00 p.m. native time in western Kenya, AFP reported.
Kiptum was one of many sport’s most fun and promising prospects, World Athletics stated. The group named him the 2023 World Athlete of the Yr.
“We’re shocked and deeply saddened to be taught of the devastating lack of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe stated in a press release.
“On behalf of all World Athletics, we ship our deepest condolences to their households, mates, teammates and the Kenyan nation,” he continued. “An unbelievable athlete leaving an unbelievable legacy, we are going to miss him dearly.”
Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga mourned the loss on X, previously Twitter, dubbing Kiptum a “true hero” of the nation.
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