Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan runner, has confirmed that marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach died in a car crash in Kenya on Sunday night. Kiptum was 24 years old and had been on track to become a superstar of long-distance running.
The crash took place on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, right in the heart of the high-altitude region famous as a training base for long-distance runners. Reports indicate that a woman was also in the car and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Kiptum had achieved immediate success by running the fastest time by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon. He had won the London and Chicago races the previous year, two of the world’s most prestigious marathons. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe expressed his condolences and stated that Kiptum had set an “extraordinary marathon World Record” in Chicago. Coe also stated that Kiptum would be greatly missed.
Kenyan authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident, which occurred around 11 p.m., according to Chemos who went to the hospital in Eldoret after hearing about it. The incident has left many athletes mourning their loss, as they remember Kiptum as not only an exceptional runner but also an inspiring figure who embodied hard work and determination.