Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos, accompanied by a group of athletes, visited the hospital in Eldoret where Kelvin Kiptum’s body was taken after the tragic car crash that claimed his life at the age of 24. Family members were also present to identify Kiptum’s remains.
Kelvin Kiptum was known for setting a world record time of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, becoming the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours and 1 minute. His record was officially recognized by the international track federation World Athletics just last week.
The accident occurred on a road between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, which is a well-known high-altitude region for long-distance runners. The world of long-distance running has lost a true talent with the passing of Kelvin Kiptum. His legacy as a record-breaking marathon runner will continue to inspire future generations of athletes.