Days after Kelvin Kiptum’s marathon world record was ratified, the 24-year-old has tragically passed away in a road accident.
Kiptum who was driving outside Eldoret at the time of the accident died on the spot.
His coach, 36-year-old Rwandan Gervais Hakizimana also died on the spot, while a third occupant survived with serious injuries.
Kelvin’s Kiptum Marathon World Record
On 8th October Kelvin Kiptum shocked the world when he broke the Men’s world Marathon record in Chicago.
The 24-year-old broke Eliud Kiphoge’s Men’s World Marathon record setting a new one of 2:00:35.
His world record officially got ratified by World Athletics on the 6th of February 2024 four months after setting the new record.
In a statement from World Athletics, the sports body revealed, Kiptum became the first Athlete to break 2:01 in men’s marathon.
“Kenya’s Kiptum became the first athlete to break 2:01 in a record-eligible marathon, taking 34 seconds off the world record at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on 8 October.” Read the World Athletics statement
Speaking about his performance, Kiptum said a world record was not in his mind.
“I knew I was coming for a course record, but a world record – I am so happy,” he said. “A world record was not on my mind today, but I knew one day I would be a world record-holder.”
The world Mourns the Passing of Marathoner Kelvin Kiptum
The world has been mourning the passing of the late Kiptum.
Langata MP Jalangoo shared, “Just When the stage was set for the biggest marathon battle! Rest well Champ!”
Sharing news of his passing, world Athletics wrote …
“World Athletics is deeply saddened to hear that Kenya’s marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum died in a road traffic accident on Sunday at age 24.”
CS Ababu Namwamba shared that Kenya has lost a special Gem …
“Devastatingly sickening!!!”He wrote, adding …
“Kenya has lost a special gem. Lost for words.”
Tributes continue to pour in as news of Kiptum’s tragic passing breaks.