On Sunday night, the world was shocked by the sudden loss of Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, who broke the men’s marathon world record in Chicago last year. The 24-year-old athlete passed away in a car accident in Kenya. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time.
Kiptum’s coach Gervais Hakizimana, from Rwanda, also died in the crash, and a third passenger was taken to the hospital. The accident happened between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, as reported by Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos. It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of these two talented athletes.
In October 2023, Kiptum set a new world record for the men’s marathon at the Chicago Marathon when he finished in 2 hours and 35 seconds, breaking the previous record by 34 seconds. This was only his third marathon, following his victory in London earlier that year where he finished in 2:01:25. At that time, it was the second-fastest marathon in history.
Kiptum’s achievements will be deeply missed by many people around the world who admired his talent and dedication to athletics. We extend our condolences to their families and loved ones during this difficult time.