Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, who broke the men’s marathon world record in Chicago last year, passed away in a car accident in Kenya at the age of 24. World Athletics confirmed his death in a press release on Sunday night. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time.
Kiptum’s coach Gervais Hakizimana, from Rwanda, also died in the crash, and a third passenger was taken to the hospital. The accident happened between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, as reported by Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos.
Kiptum’s record-setting marathon in Chicago took place on October 8, 2023, finishing in 2 hours and 35 seconds, breaking the previous record by 34 seconds. It was only his third marathon, following his victory in the London Marathon in April 2023, where he finished in 2:01:25. This time was the second-fastest marathon in history at that moment.
The loss of such a talented young athlete is truly tragic and will be deeply felt by the athletic community worldwide. We offer our sincerest condolences to Kiptum’s family and friends during this difficult time.