In a tragic car accident in Kenya, the world-record holder for the marathon, Kelvin Kiptum, passed away at the age of 24. His coach also lost their life in the same accident. The crash occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat, which is a well-known high-altitude region for long-distance runners.
Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, along with a group of athletes, went to the hospital in Eldoret where Kiptum’s body was taken. Family members of Kiptum were also present at the hospital to identify his body.
Kelvin Kiptum was known for setting a world record time of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, becoming the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours and 1 minute. His record was officially recognized by the international track federation World Athletics just last week.
The loss of such a talented athlete has left many people mourning his death and celebrating his legacy as a record-breaking marathon runner. His achievements will continue to inspire future generations of athletes for years to come.