Sat. Feb 24th, 2024
24-year-old marathon world record holder dies in tragic car accident

Kenya’s cabinet secretary Musalia Mudavadi mourned the loss of Kelvin Kiptum, a 24-year-old athlete who had made a significant impact in long distance running. Mudavadi expressed his deep sadness over Kiptum’s passing and described his remarkable talent and dedication to athletics as an inspiration to many. He highlighted Kiptum’s mentorship and leadership, which guided aspiring athletes to reach their full potential.

Kiptum broke Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon and dominated the London Marathon with the third fastest time over the 26.2 mile distance. He was considered a once-in-a-generation talent and was the favorite for Olympic gold in Paris, where Kipchoge was going for a hat-trick of marathon titles. Kiptum’s historic time of 2hr 0m 35sec was set in October, and he was in the final weeks of training for the Rotterdam Marathon in April, as well as being selected for the Kenyan team for the Olympic marathon in August.

Even though Kipchoge was the first human to run a marathon under two hours in a controlled time trial event with pacers, Kiptum looked increasingly likely to achieve that feat in ratified race conditions. He was awarded the title of ‘off track’ athlete of the year by World Athletics in December. Despite not setting foot on an athletics track until serious running barefoot while herding cattle for his family, Kiptum became one of Kenya’s most celebrated athletes.

By Editor

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