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In a tragic accident that occurred in the Kaptagat area along Elgeyo Marakwet road in Kenya, two prominent figures in the world of athletics lost their lives. Kelvin Kiptum, the world record holder for the men’s marathon, and his coach Garvais Hakizimana both passed away at the age of 24.
Kiptum was known for his impressive achievements in the sport, including winning the London Marathon and breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon just last year. He was scheduled to participate in the Rotterdam Marathon in April of this year.
The athletic community and the Kenyan nation mourned Kiptum’s death as an incredible loss. World Athletics president Seb Coe, Kenyan police commander Peter Mulinge, and former Kenyan Prime Minister all expressed condolences and paid tribute to Kiptum. His legacy will live on as one of a true athlete who inspired many people around the world with his dedication and passion for sports.