On Sunday night, the world of athletics was shocked to learn of the death of Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum. At the age of 24, Kiptum had broken the men’s marathon world record in Chicago just a year ago, finishing in an incredible 2 hours and 35 seconds. His coach Gervais Hakizimana from Rwanda also passed away in the accident, leaving behind a third passenger who was taken to the hospital.
According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya. Milcah Chemos, another Kenyan runner, reported on social media that she had witnessed the accident firsthand.
Kiptum’s marathon in Chicago had been nothing short of phenomenal. He finished second-fastest in history at that time, just behind Eliud Kipchoge’s world record-breaking performance at the 2019 Berlin Marathon. It had been a remarkable achievement for such a young athlete, and his passing has left many in the running community feeling deeply saddened by his loss.