Current marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum died in a car accident in his native Kenya on Sunday. Confirmed by World AthleticsHe was 24 years old that year.
Kiptum’s coach Gervais Hakizimana was also reported to have died in the accident. A third person was reportedly rushed to hospital. kenya standard:
“This was a self-involved accident in which world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum was driving his vehicle with two passengers on board. Kiptum and Hakizmana died at the scene , the third person was admitted to Eldoret Racecourse Hospital.”
Just 13 months after the tragedy, Kiptum made his marathon debut at the 2022 Valencia Marathon with a time of 2:01:53, before eclipsing his best time at the 2024 London Marathon. It improved to 2 hours, 01 minutes and 25 seconds and then broke the world record with a time of 2 hours, 00 minutes and 35 seconds at the 2024 Chicago Marathon.
Kiptum’s commitment can be succinctly summed up by the fact that he has run three major marathons; one of the seven fastest ever. He is the only person to break the 2:02 barrier three times.
We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana.
On behalf of all World Athletics athletes, we send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, teammates and the nation of Kenya.
Just earlier this week… pic.twitter.com/dDBKgjXNKL
— Seb Coe (@sebcoe) February 11, 2024
Kiptum reportedly plans to become the first man to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam Marathon in April, three months before making his Olympic debut. He will clearly be one of the top contenders in Paris.
According to the federation, Kiptum was born and raised in the village of Chepsamo in Chepkorio and grew up working on his family’s cattle farm. He began his competitive running career around the age of 13, finishing 10th at the Eldoret Half Marathon and winning the race in 2018 at the age of 18.
Kiptum is survived by his wife and two children.