Kelvin Kiptum, the Kenyan world marathon record-holder, passed away in a tragic traffic accident alongside his coach Garvais Hakizaman. The news of his death was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga and Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga.
The 24-year-old athlete had recently achieved a monumental feat in October when he set a record-breaking marathon performance in Chicago with a time of two hours and 35 seconds. His incredible achievement was ratified and celebrated as one of the greatest achievements in the world of marathon running.
In 2023, Kiptum won two marathons, including the London Marathon where he completed the race with a time of 2:01.25. He later broke Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds at the Chicago Marathon. Kiptum had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April.
Kiptum’s untimely passing has left the athletic community and Kenya in mourning. His loss has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running, leaving many to reflect on his incredible career and impact on the sport. As a true hero, Kiptum will always be remembered for his remarkable achievements and contributions to Kenyan athletics.