The world marathon record-holder, Kelvin Kiptum, passed away in a tragic traffic accident along with his coach, Garvais Hakizaman. The Kenyan athlete was only 24 years old and had achieved an incredible time of two hours and 35 seconds in the Chicago marathon in October, which was recently ratified. His performance was a monumental achievement in the world of marathon running.
The news of Kiptum’s death was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga and Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga. Odinga expressed the nation’s grief over the loss of a true hero in Kiptum.
In 2023, Kiptum won two marathons, including the London Marathon with a time of 2:01.25, followed by his record-breaking performance in Chicago where he broke Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds. He had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April.
The athletic community and the nation of Kenya are mourning the untimely passing of Kelvin Kiptum. His death has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running.