Kelvin Kiptum, the 24-year-old marathon world record holder, tragically passed away in a car collision in Kenya on Sunday night. Along with Kiptum, his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also lost his life in the traffic accident on the Eldoret-Kaptagat road.
The details surrounding Kiptum’s death are still unknown at this time. The Elgeyo Marakwet County Police commandant, Peter Mulinge, confirmed the deaths of both Kiptum and his coach in the tragic accident.
Kelvin Kiptum made history on October 8th, 2023 when he broke the men’s marathon record in Chicago. He completed the marathon in an astonishing two hours and 35 seconds, which was 34 seconds faster than the previous world record holder, Eliud Kipchoge. Kiptum’s remarkable achievement made him the first man to ever run a marathon in under two hours and one minute.
Kiptum’s untimely death has left the running community and his fans in shock and mourning. His incredible talent and dedication to the sport will be remembered and celebrated by many. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and all those who were touched by his remarkable accomplishments. Rest in peace, Kelvin Kiptum.
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