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Tragic Loss: Kelvin Kiptum, Record-Holding Marathon Runner Dies in Car Accident at Age 24


Feb 12, 2024
24-year-old marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car crash

Kelvin Kiptum, the 24-year-old world marathon record holder from western Kenya, tragically lost his life in a car accident on Sunday. His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also passed away in the same accident. Kiptum was a rising star in the running world and had made history by becoming the first man to run a marathon in under 2:01 at the age of 23. His record-breaking time of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon surpassed the previous record set by Eliud Kipchoge.

Kiptum’s family was present at the hospital in Eldoret when news of his death arrived. A group of athletes, including Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, rushed to identify his body. World Athletics recently confirmed and ratified Kiptum’s remarkable achievement. The news of his untimely death was shared by former Kenyan prime minister, Raila Odinga, who mourned the loss of the “remarkable individual” and offered his condolences to Kiptum’s loved ones, friends, and the entire athletics community.

In response to the tragic news, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach. He emphasized Kiptum’s extraordinary legacy and the impact he had on the world of athletics. Coe offered his condolences to their families, friends, teammates, and the entire nation of Kenya.

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