World Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum Dies in a Tragic Road Accident: Kenya Mourns the Loss of a Sporting Icon

Written by on 12 February 2024

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 12- Kelvin Kiptum the current world marathon record holder tragically lost his life in a fatal car accident on the Eldoret Ravine Road.

The 24-year-old was driving his Toyota Premio, registered as KDL 566F, with his coach as they were returning home. Unfortunately, Kiptum lost control of the vehicle, causing it to swerve off the road and into a ditch before continuing for approximately 60 meters and colliding with a post, resulting in his and his coach’s untimely demise.

At the accident site, Eldoret’s traffic commandant boss, Dennis Muga, confirmed that Kiptum passed away instantly, while the third occupant, Sharon Chepkurui Kosgei, sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the hospital.

Kiptum, whose marathon record of 2:00.35 was recently ratified by World Athletics just five days prior, was accompanied by his Burundian coach, Gervais Hakizimana. Following the accident, their bodies were transported to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH).

Known for his remarkable achievement of winning the Chicago Marathon last year with a record-breaking time of 2:00:35, surpassing Eliud Kipchoge’s record, Kiptum had set his sights on furthering his accomplishments. He aimed to shave off 36 seconds in the upcoming Rotterdam Marathon in April 2024, aspiring to become the first human to complete a competitive race in under two hours.

The tragic loss of this young athletic prodigy was deeply mourned by the people of Kenya, who acknowledged his status as a national hero.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba expressed his disbelief and sorrow over Kiptum’s passing, stating, “Devastatingly sickening! Kenya has lost a special gem. Lost for words.”

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga conveyed his condolences to Kiptum’s family and the entire athletics community, emphasizing that the world had lost an iconic figure.

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