Mon. Feb 26th, 2024
Kelvin Kiptum, world-record-holding marathoner, killed in car accident, confirmed by fellow athlete

In a tragic turn of events, marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana were killed in a car crash in Kenya on Sunday night. Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, who was at the hospital where the bodies were taken, confirmed the news to reporters. Kiptum was just 24 years old and had been on course to become a superstar of long-distance running.

The accident happened on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, in the heart of the high-altitude region that’s known for producing top long-distance runners. Chemos was among a group of athletes who went to the hospital after hearing about the crash, including family members of Kiptum who were there to identify his body.

Kiptum set the new world record of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon last October, beating Eliud Kipchoge’s previous mark. His achievement was ratified by international track federation World Athletics just last week. The Kenyan athletics federation president Jackson Tuwei sent a team of officials to the area after being informed about the late-night accident.

Kiptum had immediate success in his career, setting an extraordinary time as a debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon before winning races in London and Chicago last year – two of the most prestigious marathons in the world. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe offered condolences for Kelvin’s loss and noted that he had officially ratified Kelvin’s historic time just earlier this week at Chicago Marathon race track where Kelvin set his extraordinary marathon world record.

By Editor

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