Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, the marathon world record-holder, met a tragic end in a car crash on Sunday. The accident occurred on a road in Kenya that is renowned as a training base for long-distance runners. After hearing about the crash, a group of athletes, including fellow Kenyan Milcah Chemos, rushed to the hospital in Eldoret to confirm the deaths.
Kiptum was just 24 years old when he set the new world record of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October. This achievement was officially ratified by international track federation World Athletics last week. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed deep sorrow and shock upon hearing about Kiptum and his coach’s tragic deaths.
Nick Gornick, a physical therapist and running coach from Chicago who witnessed Kiptum’s record-breaking finish at the Chicago Marathon, was devastated by his untimely death. He believed that Kiptum had immense potential to achieve even more greatness in his career, noting that setting a world record at such a young age usually means an athlete has much more to offer.