In a tragic turn of events, 24-year-old marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach died in a car crash in Kenya late Sunday, according to a fellow athlete who had gone to the hospital and saw Kiptum’s body. The accident took place on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, right in the heart of the high-altitude region famous as a training base for long-distance runners.
Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos said that the crash occurred around 11 p.m. She had gone to the hospital in Eldoret after hearing the news of the accident, along with a group of athletes and family members of Kiptum, to identify his body. Reports indicate that a woman was also in the car and was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries.
Kiptum had achieved immediate success by running the fastest time by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon. He had won the London and Chicago races the previous year, two of the world’s most prestigious marathons. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe expressed his condolences and stated that Kiptum had set an “extraordinary marathon World Record” in Chicago. Coe also stated that Kiptum would be greatly missed. This news was reported from Cape Town, South Africa