Kenyan parliament member Gideon Kimaiyo confirmed the tragic accident that claimed the lives of runners Kiptum and his coach in a statement. Kimaiyo expressed deep condolences for the pair, calling Kiptum a legend. The news of their deaths has left the people of Keiyo South saddened.
Kiptum was only 24 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 achievements were celebrated by many, including organizers of the London Marathon who expressed deep sadness at his passing.
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 impact on athletics, saying that he will be dearly missed. The organization sent their deepest condolences to the families, friends, teammates, and all those affected by this tragedy.