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Tragic Loss: Kenyan Marathon World Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum and Coach Die in Car Accident on High-Altitude Training Base


Feb 12, 2024
Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car accident, according to fellow athlete

In a shocking turn of events, Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach died in a car crash in Kenya on Sunday. The accident occurred on a high-altitude training base for long-distance runners. After hearing the news, fellow Kenyan Milcah Chemos and other athletes rushed to the hospital in Eldoret to confirm the tragic deaths.

Kiptum, 24, set a new world record of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, becoming the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours, 1 minute. His achievement was officially ratified by international track federation World Athletics last week. In a statement upon hearing of Kiptum and his coach’s deaths, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed deep sorrow and shock.

Chicago physical therapist and running coach Nick Gornick, who witnessed Kiptum’s record-breaking finish at the Chicago Marathon, believed that Kiptum had the potential to finish a marathon in under two hours. He lamented Kiptum’s untimely death, noting that setting a world record at such a young age usually means that an athlete has much more to offer.

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