The men’s marathon world record holder, Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum, 24, has died in a road accident in his home country.
He was killed alongside his coach, Rwanda’s Gervais Hakizimana, in a car on a road in western Kenya on Sunday.
Kiptum made a breakthrough in 2023 as a rival to compatriot Eliud Kipchoge – one of the greatest marathon runners.
Paying tribute to Kiptum, Kenya Sport minister, Ababu Namwamba, Kenya’s opposition leader and former prime minister, Raila Odinga, and the president of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe has described the incident has heartbreaking and devastating, saying Kenya lost a special gem.
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