The world of marathon running has lost a monumental figure in the form of Kelvin Kiptum. According to recent reports, the Kenyan athlete and his coach Garvais Hakizaman passed away in a tragic traffic accident. Kiptum, aged 24, had just achieved a record-breaking marathon performance in Chicago in October with an incredible time of two hours and 35 seconds. This feat was recently ratified and hailed as one of the greatest achievements in marathon running history.
Kenya’s former prime minister Raila Odinga confirmed the news of Kiptum’s death and expressed the nation’s grief over the loss of a true hero. Odinga paid tribute to Kiptum’s dedication and hard work, which had led him to become one of the fastest marathon runners in the world.
In 2023, Kiptum won two marathons, breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds. He was preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April. His untimely passing has left a void in the world of marathon running and has come as a devastating blow to all those who knew him personally or admired his accomplishments from afar.
The athletic community is mourning Kelvin Kiptum’s loss, as he was not only an incredibly talented athlete but also an inspiration to many who aspired to reach greatness themselves. His legacy will live on through his remarkable achievements and his unwavering commitment to excellence.