In a tragic turn of events, Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, who set the world marathon record last year in Chicago, died Sunday night in a car crash in Kenya. He was just 24 years old. The news was confirmed by World Athletics in a statement on Sunday night.
The accident happened when Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio and lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road and hitting a tree. His Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also died in the crash. The Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander, Peter Mulinge, reported that the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time near Eldoret and Kaptagat towns in western Kenya. Another passenger was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Kiptum had an incredible running career that spanned just three years. He first won the Eldoret Half Marathon at the age of 13 and went on to win many more races throughout his career. In October 2023, he set the world marathon record with a time of 2 hours and 35 seconds in the Chicago Marathon. He won the race by almost three and a half minutes, knocking 34 seconds off the world record. This was just his third marathon ever.
Kiptum’s achievements didn’t stop there – he also won the London Marathon in 2023 with an impressive time of 2:01:25, which was second-fastest in history at the time and also a course record. His rise to fame in the running world started when he won his first international race at just five years old – an under-8 km race held in Eldoret town where he grew up