On Sunday, the world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, tragically passed away in a car accident in Kenya at the age of 24. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also lost his life in the same accident. Kiptum was a rising star in the running world and hailed from western Kenya.
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.
Following news of 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. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach and offered his condolences to their families, friends, teammates, and the entire nation of Kenya. The news of Kiptum’s untimely death was shared by former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga who mourned him as a “remarkable individual” and offered condolences to his loved ones and all those affected by his passing.