In a tragic car crash in Kenya, world-record holder Kelvin Kiptum passed away at the age of 24. His coach also lost their life in the accident. The crash occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat, a well-known high-altitude region for long-distance runners.
Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos and a group of athletes rushed to the hospital in Eldoret where Kiptum’s body was taken. Family members of Kiptum were also present at the hospital to identify his body.
Just last week, Kelvin Kiptum’s world record time of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon was officially recognized by the international track federation World Athletics. He had become the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours and 1 minute, setting a new standard for long-distance running.
The passing of Kelvin Kiptum has left a void in the world of long-distance running. His legacy as a record-breaking marathon runner will continue to inspire future generations of athletes, who will strive to match his incredible skill and determination.