Kenyan running sensation Kelvin Kiptum received tributes on Monday after the marathon world record holder died aged 24 in a car crash in his homeland.
The Paris 2024 Summer Olympics favorite was traveling from Kapagat in western Kenya to Eldoret at around 11pm on Sunday when his car rolled.Kiptum and his Rwandan coach Gervais Hakizimana died while a female passenger was injured, said Elgeyo Marakweti district police chief Peter Mulinge, where the accident occurred.
According to him, it is Kiptum who was driving on the road to Eldoret and the vehicle lost control and rolled from one place to another, killing both on the spot. Kiptum exploded into the marathon when he ran a world record 2:00:35 in Chicago in October, beating Kenyan star Eliud Kipchoge’s previous record by 34 seconds.
He was then only 23 years old and was competing in only his third marathon.Kiptum also won his two other tests – his debut in Valencia in 2022 and the follow-up in London the following year.”Certainly one of the best athletes in the world who broke boundaries to secure the marathon record,” Kenyan President William Ruto said at X, describing Kiptum as “our future” and a “special athlete”.