Kelvin Kiptum, a world-record holder for the marathon, tragically passed away in a car crash at the age of 24. The accident occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, which is known for being a high-altitude region for long-distance runners.
Kiptum’s coach also lost their life in the crash. After hearing about the incident, Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos and a group of athletes went to the hospital in Eldoret where Kiptum’s body was taken. Family members were also present to identify him.
Kelvin Kiptum had set a world record time of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, becoming the first man to run the marathon under 2 hours and 1 minutes. His record was officially recognized by World Athletics just last week.
The world of long-distance running has lost a true talent with Kiptum’s passing. His legacy as an inspiring marathon runner will live on, motivating future generations of athletes to strive for greatness.