In Kenya, a tragic accident occurred on Sunday night that claimed the lives of marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach. The news was shared by a fellow athlete, Milka Chemos, who went to the hospital in Eldoret to identify Kiptum’s body after hearing about the accident.
According to reports, the accident happened on the road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, in a high-altitude region known as a training base for long-distance runners. The accident took place around 11 p.m., and there were also serious injuries sustained by a woman who was in the car with them at the time of the crash.
Kiptum had achieved immediate success in his career as a long-distance runner. At just 24 years old, he had set an “extraordinary marathon world record” in Chicago, which he had won the previous year along with the London and Chicago races, two of the most prestigious marathons in the world. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe expressed his condolences and said that Kiptum would be greatly missed for his contributions to the sport.