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WorldKelvin Kiptum, world marathon record holder, dies in a traffic accident

Kelvin Kiptum, world marathon record holder, dies in a traffic accident

The Kenyan athlete Kelvin Kiptum24 years old, world marathon record holder, has died along with his coach, Gervais Hakizimanaand a woman whose details have not been revealed, in a traffic accident recorded this Sunday on the road that connects Eldoret with Kaptagat, in her native country, Kenya.

According to several local media, which cite the Elgeyo Marakwet police commander, Peter Mulinge, Kiptum was driving the damaged vehicle when, around 11:00 p.m. in Kenya, he suffered the traffic accident for reasons that are being investigated.

The tragic news leaves the world of athletics without one of its greatest current athletes. Kiptum established a new marathon world record last year in Chicago, where he became the first man in history to go under 2:01 by stopping the clock in the American city in two hours and 35 seconds.

The Kenyan, who had won the two marathons held previously, Valencia 2022 (2:01:53) and London 2023 (2:01:25), established himself in the American event, reducing the record he had established by 34 seconds his compatriot Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin in 2022, with a future that promised to be under two hours.

World athletics mourns the death of Kiptum

The death of Kelvin Kiptum in Kenya has unleashed a wave of condolences internationally praising a young man who was called to mark an era in athletics, for his youth and for being the main candidate to drop the hours in the mythical distance.

The official ‘X’ account that encompasses the ‘majors’, the considered six best marathons in the world, published this message on their networks: “The entire Abbott World Marathon Majors family is devastated by the news of the death of our champion and record holder. Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana. All our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

The organization of boston marathon, in which Kiptum achieved the world record, also sent a message of condolences: “The marathon community mourns the death of world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana.” He Valencia Marathonwhere he debuted in 2022, also wanted to remember him with a brief message of condolences and a black and white photo remembering his victory.

Raúl Chapado, president of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation, described the death of the Kenyan as “terrible news”, just like Red Iago, Spanish half marathon champion. “What a tough few days for the sport of running. I have no words for this terrible news. We will always remember you as the fastest RIP, Kiptum,” Rojo said on his social networks.

Juan Carlos Higuero, European indoor 1,500m champion in 2007, said he was “dismayed”. “I already believe it, life is sometimes very cruel. We must take advantage of the good moments that life offers us and try to make coexistence easy for others.” The sprinter Angel David Rodriguez He was in favor of “remembering the myth that has been and could become. RIP.”

Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics, said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by Kiptum’s death. “It wasn’t until earlier this week in Chicago, the place where Kelvin set his extraordinary marathon world record, that I was able to officially ratify his historic time. “Kelvin was an incredible athlete who leaves an incredible legacy, he will be greatly missed,” Coe said.

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