Kenyan long-distance runner Kelvin Kiptum, who set a world record at the Chicago Marathon in October, tragically passed away in a car crash in Kenya at the age of 24. The accident also claimed the life of Kiptum’s coach. The crash occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, which is known for its high altitude and long-distance running training.
Kiptum’s family was present at the hospital in Eldoret where his body was taken, along with Milcah Chemos and other athletes who were informed of the tragedy. The world of long-distance running has lost a true talent with his passing, and his legacy as a record-breaking marathon runner will continue to inspire future generations of athletes.
Kelvin Kiptum’s impressive achievements include setting a world record time of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, becoming the first man to run the marathon under 2 hours and 1 minutes. His achievement was officially recognized by World Athletics just last week. He had an incredible talent for running that inspired many people around the world, including those who knew him personally and those who admired him from afar. His loss is deeply felt by everyone who knew him or followed his career, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time.