Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan long-distance runner, rushed to the hospital in Eldoret after hearing about the tragic car crash that claimed the lives of marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach. Upon arriving at the hospital, she was accompanied by a group of athletes who were shocked by the news.
Family members of Kiptum were also present at the hospital to identify his body. The accident occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, which is a well-known high-altitude region for long-distance runners.
Kelvin Kiptum was only 24 years old when he tragically passed away in the car crash. Just last week, his world record time of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon was officially recognized by World Athletics. He had become the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours and 1 minute, setting an incredible feat that will continue to inspire future generations of athletes.
The loss of such a talented young athlete has left many in the running community feeling saddened and devastated. However, Kiptum’s legacy as a record-breaking marathon runner will live on, serving as motivation for those who aspire to follow in his footsteps.