Tragic Loss: Kelvin Kiptum, the Fastest Marathon Runner in the World Dies in a Car Crash


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

Kelvin Kiptum, the Kenyan runner who set the world marathon record last year in Chicago, tragically died Sunday night in a car crash in Kenya. He was 24. The President of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe, expressed his sadness and said Kiptum leaves behind an incredible legacy.

Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio in the accident that also took the life of his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana. The Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander, Peter Mulinge, reported that the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time when Kiptum lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road and hitting a tree. Both Kiptum and Hakizimana died at the scene, and another passenger was taken to a hospital.

Throughout his career, Kiptum accomplished many feats, including winning the London Marathon in 2023 with an impressive time of 2:01:25, which was the second-fastest marathon in the record books at the time and also a course record. He had an extraordinary rise in the running world, starting his career at the age of 13 and winning the Eldoret Half Marathon in 2018. Kiptum made his international debut

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