In a tragic turn of events, marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach have passed away in a car crash in Kenya. The news was confirmed by fellow athlete Milcah Chemos, who had gone to the hospital in Eldoret to identify Kiptum’s body. The crash took place on a road between the towns of Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, right in the heart of the high-altitude region famous as a training base for long-distance runners.
Kiptum was 24 years old and had been on track to become a superstar of long-distance running. He had achieved immediate success by running the fastest time by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon. He had won the London and Chicago races the previous year, two of the world’s most prestigious marathons. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe expressed his condolences and stated that Kiptum had set an “extraordinary marathon World Record” in Chicago. Coe also stated that Kiptum would be greatly missed.
According to reports, a woman was also in the car and was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. The cause of the accident is not yet known, but it is clear that this loss will have a significant impact on the world of athletics.