Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan athlete who trained with the late Kelvin Kiptum, arrived at a hospital in Eldoret on Sunday to confirm the deaths of her fellow Kenyan and the marathon world record-holder. The accident happened on a road in Kenya’s high-altitude region, which is known for being a popular training base for long-distance runners.
Kiptum was only 24 years old when he set the new world record of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October. This achievement made him the first man to run a marathon under 2 hours, 1 minute. The record was officially ratified by World Athletics last week. In a statement, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed deep sorrow and shock upon hearing of Kiptum and his coach’s tragic deaths.
Nick Gornick, a Chicago physical therapist and running coach who witnessed Kiptum’s record-breaking finish at the Chicago Marathon, believed that Kiptum had the potential to finish a marathon in under two hours. He expressed his regret over Kiptum’s untimely death, noting that setting a world record at such a young age usually means that an athlete has much more to offer.