In a tragic turn of events, Kenyan marathon record-holder Kelvin Kiptum passed away in a traffic accident, along with his coach Garvais Hakizaman. The news was confirmed by Eldoret traffic commander Dennis Muga and former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga.
Kiptum, at just 24 years old, had already won two marathons in 2023 and was aiming to break the two-hour barrier in the Rotterdam marathon in April. His world record-breaking performance in Chicago took an impressive 34 seconds off the previous record set by Eliud Kipchoge.
Raila Odinga expressed his condolences to the nation, calling Kiptum a true hero and a remarkable individual. His loss is a devastating blow to the Kenyan athletics community, which has been deeply saddened by the tragedy.