The world of marathon running is mourning the untimely passing of Kelvin Kiptum, the Kenyan athlete who recently set a new world record in Chicago. At just 24 years old, Kiptum achieved an incredible time of two hours and 35 seconds, breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s previous record by 34 seconds.
Kiptum’s coach, Garvais Hakizaman, also passed away in the same tragic traffic accident. The news of their deaths was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga and Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga. Odinga expressed the nation’s grief over the loss of a true hero in Kiptum.
In addition to his record-breaking performance in Chicago, Kiptum won two other marathons in 2023 – the first in London with a time of 2:01.25, followed by his record-breaking performance in Chicago. He had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April.
Kiptum was considered one of the brightest young athletes in the world of marathon running and his untimely passing has left a void that will be difficult to fill. His family and friends are deeply mourning his loss and asking for prayers and support during this difficult time.