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Tragic Loss: Kenyan Marathon World Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum Dies in Car Crash


Feb 12, 2024
Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car accident, according to fellow athlete

Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, a marathon world record-holder, died in a car crash along with his coach on Sunday. The crash occurred on a road in the high-altitude region that is known as a training base for long-distance runners.

Kiptum, 24, was the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours, 1 minute, setting the new world record of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October. His coach also met his untimely death in the accident.

The news of Kiptum’s death has left athletes and running enthusiasts worldwide in shock. A group of athletes, including fellow Kenyan Milcah Chemos, went to the hospital in Eldoret to confirm their deaths.

Chicago physical therapist and running coach Nick Gornick, who witnessed Kiptum’s record-breaking finish at the Chicago Marathon, believed that Kiptum had the potential to finish a marathon in under two hours. He lamented Kiptum’s untimely death, noting that setting a world record at such a young age usually means that an athlete has much more to offer.

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