Kenya’s marathon record-holder Kelvin Kiptum, aged 24, passed away in a tragic traffic accident along with his coach, Garvais Hakizaman. The news of his death was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga and Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga.
In 2023, Kiptum won two marathons, the first in London with a time of 2:01.25 and his record-breaking performance in Chicago where he broke Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds. Kiptum had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April.
The athletic community and the nation of Kenya are mourning the loss of a true hero in Kiptum. His incredible time of two hours and 35 seconds was a monumental achievement in the world of marathon running. The news of his death has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running.