In a tragic accident, Kelvin Kiptum, the Kenyan runner who broke the men’s marathon world record in Chicago last year, passed away 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 record-setting marathon in Chicago took place on October 8, 2023, where he finished in 2 hours and 35 seconds, breaking the previous record by 34 seconds. It was only his third marathon, following his victory in the London Marathon in April 2023, where he finished in an impressive time of 2:01:25. This time was the second-fastest marathon in history at that moment.
The accident happened between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, as reported by Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos. The loss of such a talented athlete is a tragedy that will be deeply felt by many people around the world who admired his achievements on and off the track.