Remembering Kelvin Kiptum: The Young Marathon Legend Whose Dream Was Cut Short

24-year-old marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car crash

In the small town of Eldoret, Kenya, on Sunday, the world lost a remarkable athlete and a record-breaking marathon runner. Kelvin Kiptum, who had just turned 24 years old, tragically passed away in a car accident on the Eldoret-Kaptagat road, alongside his coach Gervais Hakizimana.

The news of the accident brought a group of athletes to the hospital in Eldoret to identify Kiptum’s body. Among them was Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos. Kiptum’s family members were also present during this difficult time.

Kiptum made headlines last year when he became the first man to run a marathon in under 2:01, finishing the Chicago Marathon in October with a time of 2:00:35. This achievement broke the record previously held by Eliud Kipchoge. World Athletics officially ratified Kiptum’s record just last week.

The tragic news of Kiptum’s death was shared by former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga, who expressed his condolences and described Kiptum as a “remarkable individual” and a “Kenyan athletics icon”. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe also expressed shock and deep sadness at the news, sending condolences to the families, friends, and teammates of Kiptum and his coach.

Kiptum’s legacy as an incredible athlete and record-breaker will be greatly missed. His death marks a profound loss for the athletics community in Kenya and beyond.

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