Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan long-distance runner, confirmed the tragic deaths of marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach in a car crash in western Kenya on Sunday night. The accident took place on the road between Eldoret and Kaptagat, a high-altitude training base for long-distance runners.
Kiptum, who was only 24 years old, had been hailed as a promising superstar in the sport. He had set an extraordinary marathon World Record in Chicago last year, winning two of the world’s most prestigious marathons – the London and Chicago races – in 2021.
Reports indicate that a woman was also in the car during the crash and was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe expressed his condolences and stated that Kiptum had set an “extraordinary marathon World Record” in Chicago. Coe also expressed that Kiptum would be greatly missed. This news has been reported from Cape Town, South Africa.