24-year-old Kiptum Marathon world record holder dies in car crash
Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum was killed in a car accident. Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga announced this on social media. X.
“Along with his coach, Kiptum passed away tragically in an accident tonight,” Odinga wrote. He expressed condolences to the loved ones of the 24-year-old athlete, calling him a true hero.
According to Nation, the record-breaking marathon runner and his coach Gervase Hakizimana were involved in a road accident in Kenya’s Kaptagat region. Kiptum lost control, the car flew off the road and crashed into a large tree.
Kiptum holds the world marathon record of 2 hours 35 seconds. The Kenyan installed it at the Chicago race in 2023. That same year he won the London Marathon. Kiptum has been named in Kenya’s squad for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
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