Kelvin Kiptum, the 24-year-old world record holder for the marathon, tragically passed away in a car crash in Kenya. The accident occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, which is known for its high altitude and long-distance running.
Kiptum’s coach also lost their life in the crash. After receiving news of the tragedy, Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, along with a group of athletes, went to the hospital in Eldoret where Kiptum’s body was taken. Family members of Kiptum were also present at the hospital to identify his body.
Kelvin Kiptum was known for setting a world record time of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, becoming the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours and 1 minute. His record was officially recognized by World Athletics just last week.
The world of long-distance running has lost a true talent with Kiptum’s passing. His legacy as a record-breaking marathon runner will continue to inspire future generations of athletes.