Kelvin Kiptum, a world-record holder for the marathon, passed away at the age of 24 in a tragic car crash in Kenya. The accident occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, which is renowned for its high altitude and long-distance running.
Kiptum’s coach also lost their life in the crash. After receiving news of the accident, Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos visited the hospital where Kiptum’s body was taken along with other athletes. Family members were also present at the hospital to identify his body.
Kelvin Kiptum set a world record time of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, becoming the first man to run the marathon under 2 hours and 1 minutes. His achievement was recognized by World Athletics last week as an official record.
The passing of Kelvin Kiptum has left a void in long-distance running, as he was considered a true talent in the sport. His legacy as a record-breaking marathon runner will continue to inspire future generations of athletes who strive to achieve greatness in this field.