World-Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in tragic car accident

On Sunday night, the world was shocked to learn of the death of Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, who broke the men’s marathon world record in Chicago last year. At the age of 24, Kiptum passed away in a car accident in Kenya. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time. His coach Gervais Hakizimana, from Rwanda, also died in the crash, and a third passenger was taken to the hospital.

Kiptum’s record-setting marathon in Chicago took place on October 8, 2023, finishing in 2 hours and 35 seconds, breaking the previous record by 34 seconds. It was only his third marathon, following his victory in the London Marathon in April 2023, where he finished in 2:01:25. This time was the second-fastest marathon in history at that moment. Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan runner who was traveling between Eldoret and Kaptagat at the time of the accident reported it on Twitter.

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