Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach met a tragic end in a car crash on Sunday evening in western Kenya. The accident occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat, which is a popular high-altitude training base for long-distance runners. Milcah Chemos, another Kenyan athlete, confirmed the news of the accident and went to the hospital to identify Kiptum’s body along with other athletes and family members.
Reports indicate that a woman was also in the car when the crash happened and was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. Kiptum was just 24 years old and had been on track to become one of the top long-distance runners in the world. He achieved immediate success by running the fastest time by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon. He also won two of the world’s most prestigious marathons, London and Chicago, in previous years.
Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics, expressed his condolences and praised Kiptum for setting an “extraordinary marathon World Record” in Chicago. He stated that Kiptum would be greatly missed in the athletics community. This news has shocked many athletes and fans around the world who had been following Kiptum’s career closely.