Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, who broke the men’s marathon world record in Chicago last year, tragically passed away in a car accident in Kenya at the age of 24. The news was confirmed by World Athletics in a press release on Sunday night. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time. His coach Gervais Hakizimana, from Rwanda, also died in the crash, and a third passenger was taken to the hospital.
Kiptum’s marathon record-breaking performance took place on October 8, 2023, in Chicago, finishing in 2 hours and 35 seconds, breaking the previous record by 34 seconds. This achievement was his third marathon after winning the London Marathon in April 2023 with a time of 2:01:25. At that moment, it was the second-fastest marathon in history. The accident happened between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya as reported by Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos.