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In October 2023, Kelvin Kiptum, a 24-year-old Kenyan athlete, set a new world marathon record in Chicago with an incredible time of two hours and 35 seconds. His achievement was recently ratified, and it marked a monumental moment in the world of marathon running. Tragically, Kiptum passed away in a traffic accident along with his coach, Garvais Hakizaman. The news of his death was confirmed by Eldoret (Kenya) traffic commander Dennis Muga and Kenya’s former prime minister, Raila Odinga.

Odinga expressed the nation’s grief over the loss of a true hero in Kiptum. The athlete had won two marathons in 2023: the first in London with a time of 2:01.25 and his record-breaking performance in Chicago. He broke Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world marathon record by 34 seconds. At the time of his passing, Kiptum had been preparing to attempt to break the two-hour barrier at the Rotterdam marathon in April.

The news of Kiptum’s death has left the athletic community and the nation of Kenya in mourning. His untimely passing has come as a devastating blow to the world of marathon running, and he will be deeply missed by many who knew him as a talented athlete and an inspiring role model.

Kelvin Kiptum’s legacy as one of Kenya’s most successful marathon runners will live on through his achievements and contributions to the sport. His dedication and hard work inspired many young athletes to pursue their dreams and push themselves to their limits. His tragic passing serves as a reminder that life is precious and should never be taken for granted.

As we remember Kelvin Kiptum today, let us honor his memory by continuing to strive for excellence in our own lives

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