In a tragic turn of events, Kenyan marathon record-holder Kelvin Kiptum passed away in a traffic accident along with his coach, Garvais Hakizaman. The news 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.
Kiptum, aged 24, had achieved a monumental feat in the world of marathon running just months before his tragic death. In October 2023, he set a new world record with an incredible time of two hours and 35 seconds at the Chicago marathon. His performance was recently ratified and stood as a testament to his incredible talent and dedication to the sport.
In addition to his Chicago victory, Kiptum won two other marathons in 2023 – the first in London with a time of 2:01.25, followed by his record-breaking performance in Chicago. He had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April when tragedy struck.
The news of Kiptum’s death has left the athletic community and the nation of Kenya in mourning. His untimely passing has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running and has left many feeling that we have lost one of our greatest athletes.