Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, have died in a Sunday night car crash in his native Kenya.
Local reports say Kiptum, 24, was driving in western Kenya when his car rolled over, killing him and his Rwandan coach.
The other occupant of the car, a lady identified as Sharon Kosgey, survived with serious injuries.
Confirming the development, Kenyan member of parliament, Gideon Kimaiyo said, “It is with heavy hearts that we learn of the passing of Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record holder, and his coach in a tragic accident along the Eldoret-Kaptagat road.
“Kelvin Kiptum was at the prime of his career, a legend in his own right. It’s a tough one to take.
“Our thoughts are with their families during this incredibly difficult time. The people of Keiyo South are saddened by this loss. May their souls rest in eternal peace.”
In October 2023, Kiptum broke the men’s world record to win the Chicago Marathon in two hours and 35 seconds. Compatriot Eliud Kipchoge previously held the world record.
Kiptum also broke the course record for the London Marathon in 2023 and won his debut race in Valencia in 2022.
Reacting, World Athletics president, Seb Coe said, “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.
“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.”