In October 2023, Kelvin Kiptum achieved a monumental achievement in the world of marathon running. The Kenyan athlete, aged 24, set a new world record in Chicago with an incredible time of two hours and 35 seconds. His performance was recently ratified, making him the new marathon record-holder.
Kiptum’s coach, Garvais Hakizaman, was also killed in the same traffic accident. The news of their deaths was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga and Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga. Odinga expressed the nation’s grief over the loss of a true hero in Kiptum.
The athletic community and the nation of Kenya are mourning Kiptum’s untimely passing. He had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April. In 2023, he won two marathons, including 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.