Kelvin Kiptum, the world record holder in the men's marathon, died in a car crash in Kenya, along with his coach, Gervais Hakizimana.
Why it matters
The tragic death of Kelvin Kiptum, a rising star in men's marathon running, has shocked the world of athletics and cut short a promising career with immense potential. He was set to attempt to break the two-hour barrier in an official marathon, and was a strong favorite for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Paris.
What the papers say
The Independent emphasizes Kiptum's recent achievements and the shock and tributes from the athletics world. The New York Times and Al Jazeera provide details of the car crash and Kiptum's rapid rise in marathon running. The Guardian and AP News report on the world record holder's tragic death and the reaction from Kenya's sports minister. Sky News highlights the condolences from Kenya's former prime minister.
How we got here
Kelvin Kiptum had recently set the world record in the men's marathon and was a rising star in the sport, with high expectations for future achievements.
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