Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan runner, reported the tragic accident that claimed the lives of marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach in western Kenya on Sunday night. The crash took place on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat, in the heart of the high-altitude region famous for training long-distance runners.
According to Chemos, the crash occurred around 11 p.m., and she went to the hospital in Eldoret along with a group of athletes and family members to identify Kiptum’s body. Reports indicate that a woman was also in the car and was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries.
Kiptum had achieved immediate success by running the fastest time by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon. He had won the London and Chicago races the previous year, two of the world’s most prestigious marathons. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe expressed his condolences and stated that Kiptum had set an “extraordinary marathon World Record” in Chicago. Coe also stated that Kiptum would be greatly missed. This news was reported from Cape Town, South Africa.