Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, who set the world record for the men’s marathon in Chicago last year, died in a car accident in Kenya at the age of 24. The news was confirmed by World Athletics in a press release on Sunday night. According to Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio when the accident occurred at 11 p.m. local time. His coach Gervais Hakizimana, from Rwanda, also died in the crash, and a third passenger was taken to the hospital.
Kiptum’s record-setting marathon in Chicago took place on October 8, 2023, finishing in 2 hours and 35 seconds. This time was the second-fastest marathon in history at that moment. It was only his third marathon, following his victory in the London Marathon in April 2023, where he finished in 2:01:25. Milcah Chemos, a Kenyan runner who competed with Kiptum, reported that the accident happened between Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya.