Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana were killed in a car crash in Kenya late Sunday, according to a fellow athlete who went to the hospital and saw Kiptum’s body. Kiptum was 24 years old and on his way to becoming a long-distance running superstar. The accident happened on a road between the towns of Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, in the heart of a high-altitude region known as a training base for long-distance runners.

Kenyan media reported that there was a third person in the car, a woman, who was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. Kiptum was the first man to run a marathon in under 2 hours and 1 minute. He set a new world record of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, beating Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge. His record was ratified by the international athletics federation World Athletics last week. Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuway said he sent a team of officials to the area after being informed of the late-night accident.

Kiptum had immediate success by running the fastest time ever by a marathon debutant at the 2022 Valencia Marathon. Last year he won the London and Chicago races, two of the most prestigious marathons in the world. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe was one of the first to express his condolences in a statement on Twitter. “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of

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