Fellow athlete mourns the death of marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum in car crash

Shock and Sorrow: The Tragic Loss of Kenyan Long-Distance Runner Kelvin Kiptum in a Car Crash

In Kenya, on Sunday night, tragedy struck the world of long-distance running as Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana were killed in a car crash. According to Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan runner who went to the hospital after hearing the news, Kiptum was on track to become a superstar in the sport.

Reports indicate that the crash occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, an area renowned for its high-altitude training for long-distance runners. Chemos and other athletes went to the hospital after hearing about the accident, including Kiptum’s family members who were there to identify his body.

Sadly, it was reported that a third person, a woman, also sustained serious injuries in the crash. Kiptum set the new world marathon record of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October 2022, beating Eliud Kipchoge’s mark. His record was ratified by international track federation World Athletics. The Kenyan athletics federation president Jackson Tuwei sent a team of officials to the area after being informed of the accident.

Kiptum had immediate success in his career as he set the fastest time ever by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon and won both London and Chicago races in previous years. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe expressed his condolences while acknowledging Kelvin’s historic athletic achievements.

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