World-Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in tragic car accident

Tragic Loss: Kenyan Marathon Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum Dies in Car Accident at 24

In a tragic turn of events, Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, who broke the men’s marathon world record in Chicago last year, passed away in a car accident in Kenya at the age of 24. The news was confirmed by World Athletics in a press release on Sunday night.

According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time. His coach Gervais Hakizimana, from Rwanda, also died in the crash, and a third passenger was taken to the hospital.

Kiptum’s record-setting marathon in Chicago took place on October 8, 2023, finishing in 2 hours and 35 seconds, breaking the previous record by 34 seconds. It was only his third marathon, following his victory in the London Marathon in April 2023, where he finished in 2:01:25. This time was the second-fastest marathon in history at that moment.

The accident happened between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, as reported by Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos. The loss of such a promising young athlete is truly tragic and will be deeply felt by the athletics community around the world.

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