The world marathon record-holder Kelvin Kiptum passed away in a tragic traffic accident along with his coach Garvais Hakizaman, per reports. Kiptum was only 24 years old and had just achieved a record-breaking marathon performance in Chicago in October, which was recently ratified. His time of two hours and 35 seconds was a monumental achievement in the world of marathon running.
The news of Kiptum’s death was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga, and it was also confirmed by Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga. Odinga expressed the nation’s grief over the loss of a true hero in Kiptum. In 2023, Kiptum won two marathons, the first in London with a time of 2:01.25, followed by his record-breaking performance in Chicago. He broke Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds.
Kiptum had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April. The news of his death has left the athletic community and the nation of Kenya in mourning. His untimely passing has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running, leaving behind many who knew him as an inspiration and a role model.