Marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum died in a automotive crash in Kenya late Sunday, a fellow athlete who went to the hospital and noticed the physique stated. He was 24.
Kiptum’s coach was additionally killed within the crash, Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos stated. The crash occurred on a highway between the cities of Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, she stated, within the coronary heart of the high-altitude area that is famend as a coaching base for long-distance runners.
Chemos stated she was amongst a gaggle of athletes who had gone to the hospital in Eldoret after listening to the information of the crash. Relations of Kiptum had been additionally with them to determine his physique, Chemos stated.
Kiptum was the primary man to run the marathon in underneath 2 hours, 1 minute. He set the brand new world report of two:00.35 on the Chicago Marathon in October, beating the mark of fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge.
Kiptum’s report was ratified by the worldwide monitor federation World Athletics final week.