On Sunday night, World Athletics confirmed the death of Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, who broke the men’s marathon world record in Chicago last year. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time. His coach Gervais Hakizimana from Rwanda also died in the crash, and a third passenger was taken to the hospital.
Kiptum’s marathon in Chicago took place on October 8, 2023, finishing in 2 hours and 35 seconds. It was only his third marathon, following his victory in the London Marathon in April 2023, where he finished in 2:01:25. This time was the second-fastest marathon in history at that moment. Milcah Chemos reported that the accident happened between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya. Kiptum’s passing has left the athletics community mourning his untimely death at just 24 years old.