February 23, 2024 1:30 am
Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car accident, according to fellow athlete

On Sunday, Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, the marathon world record-holder, died in a car crash along with his coach in Kenya. The tragic accident occurred on a road in the high-altitude region that is known as a training base for long-distance runners. After hearing the news of the crash, a group of athletes, including fellow Kenyan Milcah Chemos, went to the hospital in Eldoret to confirm the deaths.

Kiptum, 24, was the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours, 1 minute, setting the new world record of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October. The record was officially ratified by international track federation World Athletics last week. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed deep sorrow and shock in a statement upon hearing of Kiptum and his coach’s tragic deaths.

Chicago physical therapist and running coach Nick Gornick, who witnessed Kiptum’s record-breaking finish at the Chicago Marathon, believed that Kiptum had the potential to finish a marathon in under two hours. He lamented Kiptum’s untimely death, noting that setting a world record at such a young age usually means that an athlete has much more to offer.

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