Kelvin Kiptum, a renowned marathon runner from Kenya, passed away in a tragic car crash at the age of 24. The accident happened on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, which is a well-known high-altitude region for long-distance runners.
Kiptum’s coach also lost their life in the accident. After hearing about the tragedy, Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, along with a group of athletes, went to the hospital in Eldoret to pay their respects to Kiptum’s family members who were present 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 under 2 hours and 1 minutes. His achievement was officially recognized by World Athletics just last week.
The passing of Kelvin Kiptum has left a void in the world of long-distance running, as he was considered one of its greatest talents. His legacy as a record-breaking marathon runner will continue to inspire future generations of athletes.