Kenya: World Marathon Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum Dies in Road Accident

    Nairobi — Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum is dead.

    According to Police, Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana died on the spot Sunday night in an accident along the Eldoret-Kaptagat Road.

    This comes just less than a week after World Athletics ratified his marathon world record.

    “The accident happened around 11 pm. The car had three occupants, two died on the spot while one was taken to hospital,” Elgeyo Marakwet County Commandant Peter Mulinge said.

    He said Kiptum was driving the vehicle heading to Eldoret when the accident occurred. The third occupant was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

    It is a devastating end to a young life, whose career was just beginning, and what a way it had started.

    Kiptum became the first man to ever run a marathon in under 2:01 as he ran 2:00:35 in winning the Chicago Marathon last October.

    The World record has been most recently ratified by World Athletics.

    He had also been named in Kenya’s team for the Olympic Games in Paris next year and was set to team up with his world record predecessor Eliud Kipchoge.

    Kiptum was preparing to compete at this year’s Rotterdam Marathon, scheduled for April, which he hoped to use as a preparatory platform for the Olympics later in the year.

    “The organisation is linked to my management. In 2022 I was supposed to run it, to make my debut but a slight injury stopped me. This will be the right time,” Kiptum said then, when he was confirmed to be heading to the Dutch city.