In a tragic turn of events, Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum passed away in a car accident in his home country at the age of 24. The news was confirmed by World Athletics in a press release on Sunday night. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time. His coach Gervais Hakizimana, from Rwanda, also died in the crash, and a third passenger was taken to the hospital.
The accident happened between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, as reported by Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos. Kiptum’s record-setting marathon in Chicago took place on October 8, 2023, finishing in 2 hours and 35 seconds, breaking the previous record by 34 seconds. It was only his third marathon, following his victory in the London Marathon in April 2023, where he finished in 2:01:25. This time was the second-fastest marathon in history at that moment.
Kiptum had made a name for himself as one of the fastest runners in the world and had set numerous records during his short career. His loss is deeply felt by the running community worldwide and will be remembered as one of the most talented young athletes of our time.