In a tragic turn of events, Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record-holder, passed away in a traffic accident along with his coach, Garvais Hakizaman. The Kenyan athlete, aged 24, achieved a record-breaking marathon performance in Chicago in October 2023, which was recently ratified. His incredible time of two hours and 35 seconds was a monumental achievement in the world of marathon running.
Kiptum’s death 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.
In addition to his record-breaking performance in Chicago, Kiptum won two marathons in 2023: the first in London with a time of 2:01.25 and his record-breaking performance in Chicago. He broke Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds. Kiptum had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April 2024.
The news of Kiptum’s death has left the athletic community and the nation of Kenya in mourning. His untimely passing has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running and to those who knew him as a true inspiration and hero.