Kenyan Marathon World Record-Holder Kelvin Kiptum Tragically Dies in Car Accident with Coach

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

A tragic accident occurred on Sunday in Kenya, claiming the lives of marathon world record-holder Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum and his coach. The crash took place on a road in the high-altitude region that is renowned as a training base for long-distance runners. After hearing about the crash, a group of athletes, including fellow Kenyan Milcah Chemos, went to the hospital in Eldoret to confirm the deaths.

Kiptum, 24, was the first man to run the marathon under 2 hours and 1 minute, setting a new world record of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October. This achievement was officially ratified by international track federation World Athletics last week. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed deep sorrow and shock upon hearing of Kiptum and his coach’s tragic deaths. In a statement, he said that their loss was not only felt by the athletic community but also by millions around the world who were inspired by their achievements.

Chicago physical therapist and running coach Nick Gornick, who witnessed Kiptum’s record-breaking finish at the Chicago Marathon, believed that Kiptum had immense potential to continue breaking records in marathons. He lamented Kiptum’s untimely death and noted that setting a world record at such a young age usually means that an athlete has much more to offer beyond just their sporting prowess. Gornick also expressed gratitude for having had the opportunity to work with Kiptum and share in his successes during his short career on the track.

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