'An extraordinary sportsman': Tributes for Kenya's Kiptum
Kenyan running star Kelvin Kiptum, who shattered the marathon world record last year, died in a car crash on Sunday night.
Here are some of the notable reactions to his death, which has shocked Kenya and the world of athletics:
"I am deeply saddened by the tragic passing of the Marathon World record holder and rising star Kelvin Kiptum.
"An athlete who had a whole life ahead of him to achieve incredible greatness."
- Kenyan marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge, whose world record was smashed by 34 seconds by Kiptum in October, posted on X, formerly Twitter.
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"We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana.
"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."
- Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics.
"Kenya, the world, and the fraternity of athletics and sports in general has lost a special, shining gem."
- Kenya's Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba at a press conference.
"Kelvin Kiptum was a star. Arguably one of the world’s finest sportsmen who broke barriers to secure a marathon record," he posted on X.
"He was only 24 yet, as a hero, triumphed in Valencia, Chicago, London and in other top competitions.
"His mental strength and discipline were unmatched. Kiptum was our future.
"An extraordinary sportsman has left an extraordinary mark in the globe.
- Kenyan President William Ruto.
"I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn the passing of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana. This is a huge loss."
- Kenya's two-time