Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record holder, tragically passed away in a car accident in Kenya on Sunday at the age of 24. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also lost his life in the same accident. Kiptum hailed from western Kenya and was a rising star in the running world.
Kiptum made history at the age of 23 by becoming the first man to run a marathon in under 2:01. His record-breaking time of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October surpassed the previous record set by Eliud Kipchoge. World Athletics recently confirmed and ratified Kiptum’s remarkable achievement.
After learning about the crash, a group of athletes, including Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, rushed to the hospital in Eldoret, where Kiptum’s family was present to identify his body. The news of Kiptum’s untimely death was shared by former Kenyan prime minister, Raila Odinga, who mourned the loss of