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Tragic Accident Claims Lives of Marathon World Record-Holder and Coach in Kenya


Feb 12, 2024
Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in car accident, confirms fellow athlete

A tragic accident occurred on Sunday night in Kenya, claiming the lives of marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach. The crash took place on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, in the heart of the high-altitude region famous as a training base for long-distance runners.

According to fellow athlete Milcah Chemos, who had gone to the hospital in Eldoret after hearing about the accident, Kiptum was 24 years old and had been on track to become a superstar of long-distance running. Reports indicate that a woman was also in the car and was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries.

Kiptum had achieved immediate success by running the fastest time by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon. He had won the London and Chicago races the previous year, two of the world’s most prestigious marathons. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe expressed his condolences and stated that Kiptum had set an “extraordinary marathon World Record” in Chicago. Coe also stated that Kiptum would be greatly missed.

This news was reported from Cape Town, South Africa.

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