Kelvin Kiptum, who made his marathon debut in December 2022 and won in Valencia with the fastest debut marathon time in history, tragically passed away. His untimely demise has deeply shocked many, including his main rival and former world record holder Eliud Kipchoge. Kiptum’s unexpected death has been mourned by high-profile individuals, with Kenya’s President William Ruto describing him as a hero and an exceptional sportsman. Kiptum’s achievements as a marathon runner, including setting a new world record at the Chicago Marathon, were a testament to his mental strength and discipline.
Many have expressed their condolences and highlighted Kiptum’s potential as a future star in the world of athletics. President Ruto extended his sympathies to Kiptum’s family, recognizing him as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time and acknowledging the extraordinary mark he left on the globe. World Athletics president Coe and Olympic champion Rudisha also shared their deep sadness at Kiptum’s passing, emphasizing his incredible legacy and expressing condolences to his family, friends, and the athletic fraternity. The loss of Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, is mourned by the athletic community, and their memory will be dearly missed.