In October 2023, Kelvin Kiptum achieved a monumental feat in the world of marathon running by breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world record with an incredible time of two hours and 35 seconds at the Chicago Marathon. The Kenyan athlete was only 24 years old and had won two marathons that year, including the London Marathon with a time of 2:01.25. Kiptum was known for his hard work and dedication to his craft, and his death in a tragic car accident with his coach Garvais Hakizaman has left the athletics community and the nation of Kenya in mourning.
Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga, expressed the country’s grief at the loss of a true hero in Kiptum. The news of Kiptum’s death was confirmed by Eldoret traffic commander Dennis Muga, who said that both athletes were killed instantly in the accident on a busy road outside Eldoret. Odinga paid tribute to Kiptum’s achievements and called him “an inspiration to many”.
Kiptum was preparing to try to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam Marathon in April 2024, but his untimely death has left many questions unanswered about what could have been if he had lived longer. His legacy will live on through his incredible accomplishments and through those who were inspired by him to pursue their own dreams.