Kelvin Kiptum, World Marathon Record-Holder, Dies in Tragic Traffic Accident

Tragic Loss: Kenyan Marathon Record-Holder Kelvin Kiptum Dies in Traffic Accident at the Age of 24

Kenyan marathon record-holder Kelvin Kiptum, who had just set a new world record with a time of two hours and 35 seconds in the Chicago marathon, has tragically passed away in a traffic accident. The news was confirmed by Eldoret traffic commander Dennis Muga and former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga.

Kiptum, at just 24 years old, had already won two marathons in 2023 and was aiming to break the two-hour barrier in the Rotterdam marathon in April. His world record-breaking performance in Chicago took an impressive 34 seconds off the previous record set by Eliud Kipchoge.

Raila Odinga expressed his deepest condolences for the loss of Kiptum, calling him a true hero and a remarkable individual. It is a devastating blow for the Kenyan athletics community as they mourn the loss of such a talented young athlete.

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