Athletics
Marathon World record holder dies aged 24

Marathon World record holder dies aged 24

While the circumstances surrounding the accident remain under investigation, the news casts a shadow over the sport and leaves a deep sense of loss for those who knew and admired Kelvin Kiptum.

The athletics world is reeling from the shock and grief following the death of Kelvin Kiptum, the reigning marathon world record holder, and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, in a road accident in Kenya.

The 24-year-old Kenyan, who shattered the marathon record with a blistering 2:01:35 in last year’s Chicago Marathon, was driving when the fatal accident occurred in Eldoret.

A Rising Star Extinguished:

Kelvin Kiptum’s journey was far from ordinary. Beginning on the half-marathon circuit, he burst onto the full marathon scene in 2022, stunning the world with the fourth-fastest time ever recorded on debut at the Valencia Marathon.

His signature move – joining the pack and then exploding into a solo lead in the final stages – brought him victories at the London Marathon and Chicago Marathon, where he etched his name in history with the world record.

Tributes pour in for Kelvin Kiptum

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe led the chorus of tributes, calling Kelvin Kiptum a “rising star” and expressing condolences to his family, friends, and the Kenyan nation.

Kenya’s sports minister and renowned athletes like David Rudisha and Robert de Castella echoed the sentiment, highlighting the immense loss to the athletics community and Kenya as a whole.

A reminder of life’s fragility:

Kiptum’s tragic death serves as a stark reminder of life’s fragility. His exceptional talent and promising career, cut short so abruptly, leave a void in the world of athletics.

While the circumstances surrounding the accident remain under investigation, the news casts a shadow over the sport and leaves a deep sense of loss for those who knew and admired Kelvin Kiptum.

Kelvin Kiptum’s legacy will live on in his record-breaking achievements and the inspiration he provided to aspiring athletes. May he and his coach Gervais Hakizimana rest in peace.

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