On Sunday, the world was shocked by the sudden and tragic loss of marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum in a car accident in Kenya. At the time of his death, Kiptum was just 24 years old and hailed from western Kenya. Despite his young age, he had already become a rising star in the running world.
Kiptum made history at the age of 23 by becoming the first man to run a marathon in under 2:01. His record-breaking time of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October surpassed the previous record set by Eliud Kipchoge. World Athletics recently confirmed and ratified Kiptum’s remarkable achievement.
The news of Kiptum’s untimely death was shared by former Kenyan prime minister, Raila Odinga, who mourned the loss of the “remarkable individual” and offered his condolences to Kiptum’s loved ones, friends, and the entire athletics community. In response to the tragic news, World Athletics President, Sebastian Coe, expressed shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach, offering his condolences to their families, friends, teammates, and the entire nation of Kenya.
A group of athletes rushed to identify Kiptum’s body at Eldoret Hospital after learning about the crash. Among them was Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos. As they arrived at the hospital, they were met with tears and condolences from family members who were waiting for confirmation on Kiptum’s identity. The athletes were deeply affected by what they saw but remained strong for each other as they tried to process this devastating loss.