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World Marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies

World marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies World marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum.

Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana died in a tragic road accident Sunday night in Kaptagat area along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road. 

Another passenger survived the accident and was rushed to hospital.

The world record holder died at the age of 24 years. 

Aged 24, the star athlete passed on two months before he attempted to become the first human to run a record in under 2 hours.

Kiptum’s world record marathon time of 2:00:35 set in the Chicago Marathon in October 2023 was ratified just days ago by World Athletics. 

According to police reports, Kiptum was driving when he lost control, veering off the road, landing into a ditch. 

Kiptum died alongside his Rwandese Coach Gervais Hakizimana while another passenger survived the accident and was rushed to hospital.

Kiptum won last year’s Chicago Marathon by clocking 2:00:35 and shattering Eliud Kipchoge’s world record in the process.

He was determined to shed 36 seconds in the Rotterdam Marathon which will be held in April 2024, and become the first human to race under two hours in a competitive race.

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World Athletics President Sebastian Coe, breaking the news of the young athlete, revealed his devastation.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana,” Coe stated.

“On behalf of all World Athletics, we send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, teammates and the Kenyan nation.”

President William Ruto also mourned the tragic loss of World record holder Kelvin Kiptum. 

The Head of State described Kiptum as a rising star who broke barriers to secure a marathon record.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga sending his condolences to Kiptum’s family and the entire athletics family stated that the world had lost an icon.

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