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Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car accident, confirms fellow athlete

A tragic accident occurred in western Kenya on Sunday, resulting in the deaths of marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach. The crash happened on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat, in the heart of the high-altitude region famous for training long-distance runners.

Kiptum was 24 years old and had been hailed as a superstar of long-distance running after achieving immediate success in several major races. He had set an extraordinary marathon World Record at the Chicago race, winning two prestigious marathons in London and Chicago the previous year.

According to Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, who went to the hospital in Eldoret to identify Kiptum’s body, the crash took place around 11 p.m. Reports also suggest that a woman was also involved in the accident and taken to the same hospital with serious injuries.

Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics, expressed his condolences and said that Kiptum’s achievements would be greatly missed. He stated that Kiptum had set an “extraordinary marathon World Record” in Chicago and had become one of the world’s top long-distance runners. The news was reported from Cape Town, South Africa.

By Editor

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