In a tragic accident, Kelvin Kiptum, the world record holder in the marathon, and his coach lost their lives on the road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya. The area is well-known for its high altitude and long-distance running.
After hearing the news of the accident, Kenyan runner Milka Chemos, along with a group of athletes, went to the hospital in Eldoret where Kiptum’s body was taken. His family members were also present at the hospital to identify his body.
Kelvin Kiptum was known for setting a world record of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, becoming the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours and 1 minute. His record was officially recognized by the international athletics federation World Athletics last week.
The world of long distance running has lost a real talent with Kelvin Kiptum’s passing. His legacy as a record-breaking marathon runner will continue to inspire future generations of athletes.