Sir Mo Farah one of the greatest distance runners of all time, says Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum was a “special talent” who would have gone on to have an “incredible career.”
The 24 year old Kiptum died in a car accident alongside his coach Gervais Hakizimana in his native Kenya on Sunday.
He broke Eliud Kipchoge’s world record last year and was set to compete at this summer’s Olympics in Paris.
Farah said, “Kelvin was an amazingly talented athlete and had already achieved so much.”
Farah, Britain’s four-time Olympic champion over 5,000 and 10,000 metres, finished ninth in last year’s London Marathon – a race Kiptum won in a course record time of two hours, one minute and 25 seconds.
Farah said, “I send all my sympathies and condolences to his and Gervais’ family and friends at this tragic time.”
Kiptum also broke the record for fastest debut marathon in Valencia in 2022 before bettering Kipchoge’s overall record in Chicago in October last year, clocking the 26-point-2 miles in two hours and 35 seconds.