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Tragic Accident Claims Lives of Marathon World Record-Holder and Coach in High-Altitude Training Base


Feb 12, 2024
Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car accident, according to fellow athlete

On Sunday, a tragic accident claimed the lives of Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, the marathon world record-holder, and his coach in Kenya. The crash occurred on a road in the high-altitude region that is known as a training base for long-distance runners. After hearing the news of the crash, a group of athletes, including fellow Kenyan Milcah Chemos, went to the hospital in Eldoret to confirm the deaths.

Kiptum was 24 years old and had set a new world record of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October. His achievement was officially ratified by international track federation World Athletics last week. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed deep sorrow and shock in a statement upon hearing of Kiptum and his coach’s tragic deaths.

Chicago physical therapist and running coach Nick Gornick, who witnessed Kiptum’s record-breaking finish at the Chicago Marathon, believed that Kiptum had the potential to finish a marathon in under two hours. He lamented Kiptum’s untimely death, noting that setting a world record at such a young age usually means that an athlete has much more to offer.

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