Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum tragically passed away in a car accident near his childhood village of Chepsamo in western Kenya. The accident occurred while Kiptum was driving, and a third person in the car suffered serious injuries.
Kiptum recently made headlines with his victory in the Chicago marathon, achieving a record time of 2 hours and 35 seconds. His death has deeply impacted the Kenyan running community, with many expressing their shock and sadness at the loss.
Two-time Olympic champion David Rudisha spoke out about the tragedy, calling it a significant loss for Kenyan Athletics. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also lamented the loss of Kiptum as a remarkable individual and an icon in Kenyan Athletics.
Kiptum had plans to compete in the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon and had his sights set on the Paris Olympics, aiming to beat his own record time. He was determined to continue pushing his limits, showing great potential in the sport.