Eliud Kipchoge has paid tribute to Kelvin Kiptum after the marathon world report holder’s loss of life in a automotive crash.
Kiptum, who was 24, died alongside his coach in an accident in Kaptagat, south-west Kenya, at 11pm native time on Sunday.
The Kenyan’s report mark of 2hr 0min 35sec was set in Chicago in October and ratified final week, taking greater than 30 seconds off Kipchoge’s earlier report.
Kiptum, the winner of the London Marathon final 12 months, had been set to try to turn out to be the primary man to interrupt the two-hour barrier in an official marathon at an occasion in Rotterdam in April.
Kipchoge, who shares the 4 quickest males’s marathon instances in historical past along with his compatriot, stated that he had been left “deeply saddened” by the information.
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic passing of the marathon world record holder and rising star Kelvin Kiptum,” Kipchoge stated in a submit on social media.
“An athlete who had a whole life ahead of him to achive incredible greatness. May I offer my deepest condolences to his young family.”
Kiptum had established himself as the brand new dominant pressure in males’s marathon working , changing into solely the third man to interrupt two hours and two minutes in a breakthrough debut in Valencia in December 2022 after which following it up with report runs in London and Chicago final 12 months.
He is survived by spouse Asenath Rotich and their two kids.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana,” Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics, stated. “On behalf of all World Athletics we send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, teammates and the Kenyan nation.
“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, we will miss him dearly.”