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World Marathon Record Holder Kiptum Died In A Car Accident

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World record holder for marathons Kelvin Kiptum and his coach perished in a car accident in Kenya late on Sunday, according to a fellow sportsman who visited the hospital and observed Kiptum’s body.

By the age of 24, Kiptum was destined to become a long-distance running superstar.

According to Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, who was at the hospital when the bodies were brought, Kiptum and his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana, perished in the crash at approximately 11 p.m.

According to her, the collision occurred on a road in western Kenya that runs between the towns of Eldoret and Kaptagat. This area is known for its high altitude and serves as a training ground for long-distance runners.

A third individual, a woman, was in the car and was reportedly carried to the same hospital with critical injuries, according to Kenyan media.

The first guy to finish the marathon in less than two hours and one minute was Kiptum. In October, he smashed fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge’s record at the Chicago Marathon to set a new world record of 2:00.35.

World Athletics, an international track body, validated Kiptum’s record last week.

After learning of the late-night mishap, Jackson Tuwei, the president of the Kenyan Athletics Association, said he had dispatched a team of authorities to the scene.

At the 2022 Valencia Marathon, Kiptum set a record for the fastest time ever by a marathon rookie. This gave him instant success. Last year, he won two races: one in London and one in Chicago.

One of the first people to post a condolence message on X, the former Twitter platform, was Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics.

We are horrified and extremely grieved to hear about Kelvin Kiptum’s and his instructor Gervais Hakizimana’s tragic deaths, Coe said. “We extend our sincere sympathies to their families, friends, teammates, and the people of Kenya on behalf of everyone at World Athletics.”

“Only earlier this week in Chicago, where Kelvin accomplished his amazing world record for the marathon, was I able to formally validate his historic performance. We will miss him terribly. He was an amazing athlete who left an amazing legacy, Coe wrote.

(AP)

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