The Sports world is mourning the loss of Kelvin Kiptum, the record-setting marathon athlete whose promising career was tragically cut short in a fatal car crash in his native Kenya. Kiptum, who made headlines last year for setting the fastest marathon time in history, passed away at the age of 24 alongside his coach, Gervais Hakizimana.
His remarkable feat not only shattered the previous record but also marked the first time an athlete completed a marathon in under 2 hours and 1 minute, a historic milestone in the sport. World Athletics had recently ratified Kiptum’s extraordinary time, further cementing his legacy as a trailblazer in marathon running.
“An incredible athlete leaving an incredible legacy, we will miss him dearly,” remarked World Athletics president Sebastian Coe in a statement mourning Kiptum’s passing.
Kiptum’s record-breaking performance in Chicago surpassed the previous record held by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, adding another layer of significance to his achievement. Speaking after his historic win, Kiptum expressed his joy and disbelief at his unexpected success, emphasizing his determination to leave a lasting mark on the sport.
Despite his untimely death, Kiptum’s ambition and talent were evident in his plans to compete in the Rotterdam Marathon in April, with aspirations of breaking the elusive two-hour barrier. His dedication to pushing the boundaries of human endurance earned him admiration and respect from the global running community.
Beyond his athletic achievements, Kiptum leaves behind a family, including his wife, Asenath Rotich, and their two children, according to Olympics.com. His legacy as a world-class athlete and devoted family man will endure, serving as an inspiration to future generations of marathon runners.