Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum killed in car accident, fellow athlete confirms

In a tragic turn of events, Kelvin Kiptum, the marathon world record-holder and rising star in long-distance running, died in a car crash in Kenya late Sunday. Kiptum was only 24 years old and on track to become one of the greatest runners of his time. His Rwandan coach Gervais Hakizimana also passed away in the accident.

The crash happened on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, where many athletes go to train at high altitudes. A Kenyan runner, Milcah Chemos, who was at the hospital where the bodies were taken, confirmed the news of their deaths. Chemos was among a group of athletes who had gone to the hospital after hearing about the crash. Family members of Kiptum were also present to identify his body.

According to reports from Kenyan media, a third person, a woman, was also in the car and sustained serious injuries. Kiptum set a new world record at the Chicago Marathon in October by running it in under 2 hours and 1 minute, beating Eliud Kipchoge’s mark. His record was ratified by World Athletics last week after he won two prestigious marathons last year – London and Chicago.

Kenyan athletics federation president Jackson Tuwei sent a team of officials to investigate the accident that claimed the lives of two young athletes. The loss of such promising talents is devastating for everyone involved in athletics worldwide. The Kenyan nation has lost an extraordinary athlete with an incredible legacy that will never be forgotten.

By Editor

Leave a Reply