Kenyan marathon superstar Kelvin Kiptum killed in road accident

Adriana Lima
By Adriana Lima 2 Min Read
origin 1Kelvin Kiptum ©AP Photo / Alberto Pezzali

Marathon world report holder Kelvin Kiptum, who was poised to change into a long-distance operating superstar, was killed alongside along with his coach in a automobile crash in Kenya on Sunday.

Kiptum was 24 years outdated and the world report set final yr on the Chicago Marathon was ratified by the worldwide athletics federation World Athletics simply final week.

He was additionally one of many favorites to win gold in the marathon on the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Kiptum, who was Kenyan, and his Rwandan coach Gervais Hakizimana have been killed in the crash round 11 p.m. According to a different Kenyan athlete, Milcah Chemos, the accident occurred on a road between the cities of Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya.

Local authorities confirmed that just one automobile was concerned in the accident and {that a} third particular person, a lady, additionally in the car, was taken to hospital with severe accidents. She added that it appeared the automobile had gone off the road at excessive pace and collided with a tree earlier than overturning.

Kiptum was the primary man to run the marathon in beneath 2 hours and 1 minute in an official race when he set a world report of two:00.35 in Chicago in October, beating the report of Kenyan marathon nice Eliud Kipchoge. He set the report in his third top-level marathon.

Kiptum and Kipchoge have been anticipated to supply an attractive all-Kenyan battle for marathon gold in Paris. Kiptum was as a consequence of begin his season on the Rotterdam Marathon in April, which might be his first occasion since he broke the world report.

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