Kelvin Kiptum, the Kenyan marathon record-holder, passed away in a tragic traffic accident along with his coach, Garvais Hakizaman. The news of his death was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga and Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga. Kiptum’s incredible time of two hours and 35 seconds in the Chicago marathon was a monumental achievement in the world of marathon running.
In 2023, Kiptum won two marathons, breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds. He had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April. Kiptum’s untimely passing has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running and has left the athletic community and nation of Kenya mourning.