Kelvin Kiptum, the 24-year-old marathon world record holder from Kenya, met a tragic end on Sunday night in a devastating car accident.
The incident occurred around 11 pm, as Kiptum was driving his Toyota Premio near his childhood village in western Kenya. Losing control of the vehicle, he veered off the road and collided with a tree, resulting in the fatal crash that claimed his life and that of his coach, 37-year-old Gervais Hakizimana.
Reports indicate that a 24-year-old woman named Sharon Kosgey sustained severe injuries in the accident and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Kiptum gained international acclaim in October 2023 when he won the Chicago Marathon, setting a new record with a remarkable time of 2 hours and 35 seconds. His groundbreaking achievement, surpassing the previous record held by Eliud Kipchoge, solidified his status as a prominent figure in the running world.
With aspirations of competing in the Rotterdam Marathon in April and the upcoming Paris Olympics, Kelvin Kiptum aimed to continue pushing the boundaries of his athletic abilities and leave a lasting mark on the global stage. Tragically, his untimely demise cuts short what promised to be a promising career filled with remarkable achievements.