In Kenya, a tragic car crash occurred on Sunday night that claimed the lives of two individuals, including marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach. The accident took place on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, an area renowned for its high-altitude training base for long-distance runners.
Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos was one of the first to arrive at the hospital after hearing about the accident. She identified Kiptum’s body along with other athletes and family members. Reports suggest that a woman was also involved in the crash and taken to the same hospital with severe injuries.
Kiptum was only 24 years old but had already achieved immense success in his short career. He set an extraordinary marathon World Record in Chicago in 2022 by running the fastest time as a debutant at the Valencia Marathon. He won the London and Chicago races in 2019, two of the most prestigious marathons worldwide.
Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics, expressed his condolences to Kiptum’s family and friends. He said that Kiptum had set an “extraordinary marathon World Record” and would be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. This news has been reported from Cape Town, South Africa.