Kelvin Kiptum, the Kenyan marathon record-holder, passed away in a tragic traffic accident along with his coach, Garvais Hakizaman. The news of his death was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga and Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga. Kiptum was just 24 years old and had achieved a monumental achievement in the world of marathon running by breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds.
In 2023, Kiptum won two marathons, the first in London with a time of 2:01.25, followed by his record-breaking performance in Chicago. He had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April. The news of his death has left the athletic community and the nation of Kenya in mourning. His untimely passing has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running.