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Tragically, Kelvin Kiptum, the world record holder for the men’s marathon, passed away at the age of 24 due to a road accident in Kenya. In the same incident, his coach Garvais Hakizimana also lost his life. The accident occurred in the Kaptagat area along Elgeyo Marakwet road.
Kiptum was known for his impressive accomplishments in marathon running, including winning the London Marathon and breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon just last year. He was also scheduled to participate in the Rotterdam Marathon in April of this year.
The death of Kiptum was widely mourned as an incredible loss to the athletic community and the Kenyan nation. World Athletics president Seb Coe, Kenyan police commander Peter Mulinge, and former Kenyan Prime Minister all expressed condolences and paid tribute to Kiptum.