- World Athletics President Sebastian Coe issued a statement after world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum died in a road accident
- Coe said the untimely death of the youthful marathoner was hard to believe, especially coming a few days after his record was ratified
- Kiptum died in an accident on Sunday, February 11, alongside his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana
Amos Khaemba, a journalist at TUKO.co.ke, brings over three years of experience covering politics and current affairs in Kenya.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe has expressed his shock after the unfortunate death of marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum.
Sebastian Coe’s message after Kelvin Kiptum’s death
In his statement on X, Coe said the news of Kiptum and coach Gervais Hakizimana’s deaths was so devastating.
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On behalf of the World Athletics, Coe sent his condolences to the family and to the Kenyan nation.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. On behalf of all World Athletics, we send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, teammates, and the Kenyan nation,” Coe said.
Coe recalled how he recently ratified the world record set by Kiptum in the Chicago Marathon last October.
“It was only earlier this week in Chicago, the place where Kelvin set his extraordinary marathon World Record, that I was able to officially ratify his historic time. An incredible athlete leaving an incredible legacy, and we will miss him dearly,” he added.
Details about marathoner Kelvin Kiptum’s fatal accident