World-Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in tragic car accident

Tragic Loss: Kenyan Runner Kelvin Kiptum Dies in Car Accident at Age 24

Kelvin Kiptum, the Kenyan runner who broke the men’s marathon world record in Chicago last year, passed away in a car accident in Kenya at the age of 24. World Athletics confirmed his death 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.

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. The accident happened between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya as reported by Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos who also shared her condolences on social media saying “I am deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our dear friend and running partner Kelvin Kiptum.”

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