Milcah Chemos, a fellow Kenyan athlete, was among those who went to the hospital in Eldoret to confirm the deaths of marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach. Kiptum, 24, had set the new world record of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, becoming the first man to run a marathon under 2 hours, 1 minute. The crash occurred on a road in Kenya’s high-altitude region, which is known as a training base for long-distance runners.
Kiptum’s untimely death has left many in shock and disbelief. Chicago physical therapist and running coach Nick Gornick, who witnessed Kiptum’s record-breaking finish at the Chicago Marathon, expressed deep sorrow and shock upon hearing of his friend’s death. He believed that Kiptum had much more to offer and was saddened by his loss.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe also expressed deep condolences on behalf of the international track federation. “The loss of such a talented young athlete is truly tragic,” he said. “Kelvin Kiptum was an inspiration to many around the world and will be sorely missed.” The organization is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Kiptum’s death and will provide further updates as needed.