Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in road accident

Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in road accident

The accident, which claimed the lives of Kiptum and his coach, occurred near Kiptum's birthplace when he lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a tree.
Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in road accident

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12 Feb 2024

Kenya's marathon world record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, along with his coach, tragically lost their lives in a traffic accident in the Rift Valley.

Kiptum, who broke the record at the Chicago Marathon in October, clocking two hours and 35 seconds, had been aiming for more milestones, including a sub-two-hour marathon and an Olympic debut in Paris. His untimely demise has left the athletics world mourning.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed profound condolences, recognizing Kiptum's remarkable legacy and the impact of his loss.

The accident, which claimed the lives of Kiptum and his coach, occurred near Kiptum's birthplace when he lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a tree. Though Kiptum and his coach didn't survive, a woman, Sharon Chepkurui Kosgei Keiyo, sustained serious injuries.

The news sparked tributes from various quarters, including Kenyan politicians and athletes like Eliud Kipchoge, who considered Kiptum a rising star with immense potential. President William Ruto highlighted Kiptum's mental strength and discipline, underscoring his significance for Kenya's athletic future.

Kiptum's aspirations and the promise he held for the sport make his passing all the more poignant. As condolences pour in, the world of athletics mourns the loss of a talent taken too soon, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered with admiration and sorrow.

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