Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan runner, revealed the unfortunate news that Kelvin Kiptum, the marathon world record-holder, and his coach died in a car crash in Kenya on Sunday. The accident occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, which is well-known as a high-altitude training base for long-distance runners.
Kiptum was only 24 years old and had been on track to become a superstar of long-distance running. He had set an extraordinary marathon World Record at the Chicago Marathon just the previous year, winning two of the world’s most prestigious marathons – London and Chicago. His success came immediately when he ran the fastest time by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon.
Coe, president of World Athletics, expressed his condolences and stated that Kiptum would be greatly missed. Reports indicate that another woman was also in the car and was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. Chemos went to Eldoret Hospital with a group of athletes and family members to identify Kiptum’s body after hearing about the accident.