The news of the tragic accident that claimed the lives of Kenyan marathon runner Sammy Kiptum and his coach has left the people of Keiyo South saddened. The pair was on their way to a training camp when their car lost control and crashed, resulting in their untimely deaths.
Kenyan member of parliament Gideon Kimaiyo confirmed the pair’s death in a statement, expressing condolences for Kiptum and his coach. He called Kiptum a legend, acknowledging the incredible impact he had on the world of athletics.
The organizers of the London Marathon also expressed deep sadness at the news, sending their heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, teammates, and the Kenyan nation. World Athletics president Seb Coe shared his shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach. He spoke of Kiptum’s incredible legacy and the impact he left behind, saying that he will be dearly missed.
Kiptum was only 24 years old when he set a new world record in the Chicago Marathon in 2023. He also set a record time in the London Marathon that year. His accomplishments were celebrated around the world, and he was hailed as a rising star in athletics.