24-Year-Old Marathon World Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum Passes Away

On February 11, 2023, in Kenya, the world of marathon running suffered a great loss as Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana tragically passed away in a car accident at the age of 24 and 53 respectively. Kiptum had just achieved a remarkable world record in the marathon in October in Chicago, running it in 2:00:35, beating the previous one held by Eliud Kipchoge.

World Athletics ratified Kiptum’s record on February 6, and Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics, expressed his condolences to their families, friends, teammates and the Kenyan nation after their tragic loss. He highlighted the shocking and deeply saddened impact it has had on everyone involved.

Kiptum had an impressive career in marathon running leading up to his world record achievement. He won his first marathon in Valencia, Spain in 2022 and later triumphed in the 2022 London Marathon. His intense training regime was revealed by Hakizimana who spoke about how Kiptum sometimes trained up to 300 kilometers per week.

The accident that took the lives of both Kiptum and Hakizimana occurred when Kiptum lost control of the Toyota Premio he was driving. Both men passed away on the scene while a third passenger was taken to the hospital. The loss of these two talented athletes is a great tragedy for the entire athletic community and beyond.

By Editor

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