Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, who broke the men’s marathon world record in Chicago last year, died in a car accident in Kenya at the age of 24. The accident happened at 11pm local time while he was driving a Toyota Premio between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, two other passengers also died in the accident, including Kiptum’s coach Gervais Hakizimana from Rwanda.

Kiptum set a new world record of 2 hours and 35 seconds for the Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2023, beating the previous record by 34 seconds. It was only his third marathon after winning at the London Marathon in April 2023 with a time of 2:01:25. His performance was the second fastest marathon in history at that time. World Athletics confirmed Kiptum’s death in a press release on Sunday evening, and many are mourning his loss as one of Africa’s brightest young runners.

By Editor

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