In a tragic turn of events, Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach died in a car crash in Kenya late Sunday, according to reports. Kiptum was just 24 years old and had been on track to become a superstar of long-distance running.
The accident took place on a road between the towns of Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, right in the heart of the high-altitude region famous as a training base for long-distance runners. Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan runner who had gone to the hospital in Eldoret after hearing the news of the accident, confirmed that Kiptum’s body had been identified there along with other athletes and family members.
Reports indicate that a woman was also in the car at the time of the crash and was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. The circumstances surrounding the accident are still being investigated.
Kiptum had achieved immediate success by running the fastest time by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon. He had won two other prestigious marathons, including London and Chicago, before his untimely death. 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 by many around the world who admired his talent and passion for running.