In a devastating blow to the athletics community, Kenyan and World Marathon Record holder Kelvin Kiptum has tragically lost his life in a fatal accident, alongside his coach, as confirmed by reports from Kenya.
The incident unfolded on Sunday night along the Eldoret-Kapsabet Road, sending shockwaves through the sporting world and the nation at large.
Kiptum, whose meteoric rise stunned many, etched his name in history by shattering Eliud Kipchoge’s record, clocking an astonishing 2:00:35 at the prestigious Chicago Marathon in October last year.
Tragically, Kiptum’s untimely demise comes merely five days since his monumental achievement was ratified (officially recognized as a new world record by World Athletics).
Hailing from the Chepsamo village, nestled approximately 30 km east of Eldoret, Kiptum’s journey to greatness began in humble surroundings.
His passion for running ignited at the tender age of 13 in 2013, marking the inception of a remarkable odyssey that captivated the hearts of many.
He won both the London and Valencia Marathon in 2022 before clinching the Chicago Marathon last year in the United States.
Survived by his wife, Asenath Rotich, and their two children, Kiptum leaves behind a legacy that transcends mere records.
His indomitable spirit, relentless pursuit of excellence, and unwavering dedication to his craft will forever be remembered in the annals of sporting history.
As the athletics world mourns the loss of one of its brightest stars, tributes pour in from every corner, underscoring the profound impact Kiptum had on the sport and the lives he touched along the way.