The world is mourning the loss of marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, who was killed in a car crash near Kaptagat, Kenya. His father, Samson Cheruiyot, shared his grief over losing his only child, who had promised to build him a house and buy him a car. This loss is especially difficult considering that doctors had advised against further pregnancies after Kiptum’s birth due to complications experienced by his mother.
Kiptum’s wife Asenath Cheruiyot stated they were supposed to travel to Rotterdam together where Kiptum had hoped to compete in finishing the marathon in less than two hours. Instead, he left behind a legacy as one of the most promising road runners of our time. Despite giving up his studies in electrical engineering for running, which was his passion, Kiptum had set the world record at the Chicago Marathon just last week.
Kelvin Kiptum’s family is devastated after losing him in a tragic car accident. His coach Gervais Hakizimana was also killed in the accident near Kaptagat, Kenya. The loss of such an accomplished athlete is felt deeply throughout the running community and beyond.