Raila Odinga, the former prime minister of Kenya, has confirmed the tragic passing of 24-year-old marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach in a road accident. Kiptum won the London Marathon last year and was considered an icon in Kenyan athletics. Odinga expressed his deepest condolences to Kiptum’s loved ones, friends, and the entire athletics community, stating that the nation is grieving the profound loss of a true hero.
Kiptum made a significant impact in marathons, breaking course records and setting a new world record for the fastest marathon in history. He crossed the finish line in two hours, one minute, and 25 seconds at the London Marathon and later won the Chicago Marathon, setting a new world record of two hours and 35 seconds. He also surpassed the previous world record set by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge at the Berlin Marathon in 2022.
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