Kelvin Kiptum, a world-record holder for the marathon, tragically passed away at the age of 24 in a car crash in Kenya. The accident also claimed the life of Kiptum’s coach. The crash occurred on a road between the towns of Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, which is a well-known high-altitude region for long-distance runners.
Kelvin Kiptum was known for setting a world record time of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, becoming the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours and 1 minute. His record was officially recognized by the international track federation World Athletics just last week.
After receiving news of the crash, Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, along with a group of athletes, went to the hospital in Eldoret where Kiptum’s body was taken. Family members of Kiptum were also present at the hospital to identify his body.
The world of long-distance running has lost a true talent with the passing of Kelvin Kiptum. His legacy as a record-breaking marathon runner will continue to inspire future generations of athletes.