The Kenyan athlete, Kelvin Kiptum, passed away in a tragic traffic accident along with his coach Garvais Hakizaman. The news of their deaths was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga and Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga. Kiptum was only 24 years old and had achieved incredible feats in the world of marathon running.
In 2023, Kiptum won two marathons, breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds. He also set a new world record with his time of two hours and 35 seconds at the Chicago marathon in October. His performance was recently ratified, making him the new world record-holder. Kiptum had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April.
The athletic community and the nation of Kenya are mourning the loss of this talented young athlete. His untimely passing has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running. Kiptum was not only an exceptional runner but also an inspiration to many around the world, and his legacy will live on for years to come.