Nairobi — Marathon world file holder Kelvin Kiptum is lifeless. In response to Police stories, Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana handed away on the spot Sunday night time in an accident alongside the Eldoret-Kaptagat Street.
This comes simply lower than per week after his marathon world file was ratified by World Athletics.
“The accident occurred round 11pm. The automobile had three occupants; two died on the spot whereas one was taken to hospital,” Elgeyo Marakwet County Commander Peter Mulinge advised Capital Sports activities.
It’s a devastating finish to a younger life, whose profession was simply starting, and what a means it had began. Kiptum turned the primary man to ever run a marathon in below 2:01 as he ran 2:00:35 in profitable the Chicago Marathon final October.
The World file has been most lately ratified by World Athletics.
He had additionally been named in Kenya’s workforce for the Olympic Video games in Paris subsequent 12 months, and was set to workforce up along with his world file predecessor Eliud Kipchoge.
Kiptum was getting ready to compete at this 12 months’s Rotterdam Marathon, scheduled for April, which he hoped to make use of as a preparatory platform for the Olympics later within the 12 months.
“The organisation is linked to my administration. In 2022 I used to be imagined to run it, to make my debut however a slight harm stopped me. This would be the proper time,” Kiptum stated then, when he was confirmed to be heading to the Dutch metropolis.
He added; “It is a alternative made in full conscience, in settlement with my spouse, to focus 100 per cent on my objectives.”
In Rotterdam, discuss had been rife that the 24-year previous can be making an attempt to develop into the primary man to run a sub-two hour marathon in legally accepted situations.
Many had anticipated that he would head again to London to defend his title, however he as a substitute selected Rotterdam.
The 24-year previous burst into the scene on the Valencia Marathon, the place he ran the quickest ever debut over the gap in 2022, clocking 2:01:53, turning into solely the third man in historical past to interrupt two hours and two minutes and setting the then fourth-quickest time in historical past.
He then competed in his second main on the 2023 London Marathon, the place he clinched victory 2:01:25, lacking out on Kipchoge’s then world file by a mere 16 seconds.
Six months later in October 2023, Kiptum lastly landed his arms on the coveted file in Chicago.
His loss of life evokes recollections of former 400m Hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett, who additionally handed away in a street accident in 2018, shortly after arriving from the African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria.