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  • Updated: February 12, 2024

Kelvin Kiptum: Kenyan marathon world record-holder dies in car crash

Kelvin Kiptum: Kenyan marathon world record-holder dies in c

On Monday, there were tributes for Kenyan running phenom Kelvin Kiptum, who passed away at the age of 24 in his native country in an automobile accident. Kiptum held the world record for marathon running.

Around 11 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Sunday, the favourite for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, had his car roll while he was travelling from Kaptagat to Eldoret in western Kenya.

The tragedy claimed the lives of Kiptum and his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana while injuring a female passenger, according to Peter Mulinge, the police commander of Elgeyo Marakwet County.

“The car had three occupants, two died on the spot, while one was taken to hospital. The two are Kiptum and his coach,” he said.

“It is Kiptum who was driving heading to Eldoret and the vehicle lost control and rolled, killing the two on the spot,” he told reporters.

Kiptum came to the limelight in the marathon scene in October when he broke the world mark in Chicago with a time of 2:00:35, shaving 34 seconds off the previous record set by fellow Kenyan sensation Eliud Kipchoge.

At the time, he was only twenty-three years old and running in his third marathon.

Kiptum also prevailed in his two subsequent attempts, one in London the following year and the other in Valencia for his debut in 2022.

While mourning the demise of the sensational athlete, President William Ruto wrote in a statement, “Arguably one of the world’s finest sportsmen who broke barriers to secure a marathon record."

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