Kenyan marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum, a favourite for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, died in a car crash at 24. Driving from Kaptagat to Eldoret, his car rolled, killing Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, according to Jacaranda FM. A passenger was injured, confirmed by police commander Peter Mulinge.
Kiptum made his mark with a world record 2:00:35 in Chicago, lauded by Kenyan President William Ruto and World Athletics President Sebastian Coe. The tragedy has rocked Kenya’s athletics community, with tributes pouring in globally. Kenyan National Olympic Committee President Paul Tergat highlighted Kiptum’s Olympic potential, while David Rudisha mourned the loss for the country.
Hailing from Chepkorio, Kiptum’s journey from goat herder to record-breaker captivated Kenya, adding to the nation’s athletic tragedies alongside stars like Samuel Wanjiru and Agnes Tirop. Kenya mourns the loss of Kiptum’s remarkable talent and rising star.
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