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Tragic Accident Claims the Lives of Kenyan Marathon Star Kelvin Kiptum and Coach in Car Crash

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

Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan runner, confirmed the tragic deaths of marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach in a car crash in Kenya late Sunday. The accident took place on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, where the high-altitude region is famous for being a training base for long-distance runners.

Chemos shared that the crash occurred around 11 p.m., and she had gone to the hospital in Eldoret to identify Kiptum’s body alongside other athletes and family members. Reports indicate that there was also a woman in the car who was seriously injured and taken to the same hospital.

Kiptum, who was only 24 years old, had been on track to become a superstar of long-distance running after achieving immediate success by running the fastest time by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon. He had won several prestigious races, including London and Chicago marathons, which were considered two of the most significant marathons worldwide.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe expressed his condolences and stated that Kiptum had set an “extraordinary marathon World Record” in Chicago. Coe further stated that he would be deeply missed as he left behind many people who admired him as an athlete and an inspiration. This news was reported from Cape Town, South Africa.

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