Athletics world mourns dying of marathon world document holder Kelvin Kiptum


On Sunday, the sporting world misplaced one in every of its largest rising stars, at solely 24. Marathon world document holder Kelvin Kiptum died in a automotive crash on Sunday in Kaptagat, Kenya, alongside his coach, Gervais Hakizimana.

The information shocked the athletics world and left many grieving. Kiptum can be remembered for his world-record-setting efficiency of two:00:35 on the 2023 Chicago Marathon and his pursuit of changing into the primary athlete to interrupt the two-hour marathon mark, which he hoped to do on the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon in April. 

The next are reactions to Kiptum’s dying:

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe

“We’re shocked and deeply saddened to study of the devastating lack of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. On behalf of all World Athletics, we ship our deepest condolences to their households, buddies, teammates and the Kenyan nation. It was solely earlier this week in Chicago, the place the place Kelvin set his extraordinary marathon world document, that I used to be capable of formally ratify his historic time. An unimaginable athlete leaving an unimaginable legacy–we are going to miss him dearly.”

4-time Olympic champion Mo Farah

“I’m so unhappy to listen to the passing of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Kelvin was an amazingly gifted athlete and had already achieved a lot. He really had a particular expertise and I’ve little question he would have gone on to have had an unimaginable profession. I ship all my sympathies and condolences to his and Gervais’ household and buddies at this tragic time.”

Former marathon world document holder Eliud Kipchoge

“I’m deeply saddened by the tragic passing of the Marathon World document holder and rising star Kelvin Kiptum. An athlete who had an entire life forward of him to realize unimaginable greatness. I provide my deepest condolences to his younger household. Could God consolation you throughout this attempting time.”

World 5,000m and 10,000m document holder Joshua Cheptegei

“I’m so heartbroken and shocked to study of the saddening information of the passing of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana. My condolences to each households, buddies and all of the athletics followers across the globe.”

Nike Working

“We’re heartbroken by the tragic passing of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Kelvin was a type of particular athletes who confirmed the world what we will obtain. He was not solely a beloved member of the Nike household, however an inspiration to all. Kelvin’s affect on working won’t ever be forgotten. We prolong our deepest condolences to the households and family members of Kelvin and Gervais.”

Rotterdam Marathon

“We’re deeply shocked and saddened by the information of the dying of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Other than being an athlete, we received to know Kelvin as a rare and humble human being. Our ideas are together with his household and we want them power throughout this troublesome time. R.I.P. Kelvin.”

Kiptum’s agent Marc Corstjens

“With deep regrets, the unhappy information reached us late night Feb. 11, Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana died in a horrible automotive accident, on their means again to coaching camp. Our Golazo household is in shock by this sudden loss. Our ideas are with their households.”

Chicago Marathon race director Carey Pinkowski

“We’re shocked and saddened by the information of the latest dying of Kelvin Kiptum. Kelvin was a once-in-a-generation athlete on the entrance of his profession and there’s no doubt in my thoughts that his biggest achievements had been forward of him. We had been fortunate to witness his greatness on the streets of Chicago. Whereas he can be celebrated for his record-breaking performances, I’ll bear in mind him as an unimaginable expertise and as an much more magnificent individual. The game of marathon working has suffered a tragic loss. Our ideas and prayers are together with his household.”

Olympic and world 1,500m champion Religion Kipyegon

“Condolences to the household and buddies of Kelvin Kiptum. You’ll be missed by all within the athletics neighborhood. Relaxation in Peace.”