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Kelvin Kiptum, World File Holder in Marathon, Dies at 24


He and his coach had been in a automobile accident in Kenya, in line with information stories

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Kelvin Kiptum, who set a shocking world document within the marathon final October in Chicago, operating 2:00:35, died in a automobile accident on February 11 in Kenya, in line with the Day by day Normal. He was 24.

His coach, Gervais Hakizimana of Rwanda, 36, additionally died within the accident, in line with stories.

Kiptum was solely 23 when he smashed the earlier marathon document, held by Eliud Kipchoge. He averaged 4:36 per mile for the gap, and he damaging cut up the race, operating 1:00:48 for the primary half and 59:47 for the second.

World Athletics ratified Kiptum’s document on February 6. Sebastien Coe, the president of World Athletics, wrote on the social media platform X, “We’re shocked and deeply saddened to study of the devastating lack of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana. On behalf of all World Athletics we ship our deepest condolences to their households, buddies, teammates and the Kenyan nation.”

Kiptum appeared made for the marathon: He received his first marathon, in 2022 in Valencia, Spain, in 2:01:53. He then received the 2022 London Marathon in 2:01:25, coming inside 16 seconds of Kipchoge’s document, earlier than his Chicago efficiency.

He had already introduced plans to try to interrupt the 2-hour barrier on the Rotterdam Marathon in April 2024.

Hakizimana instructed Agence France Presse in October that Kiptum typically skilled as much as 300 kilometers, or greater than 180 miles, per week.

Based on The Nation, Kiptum was on the wheel of a Toyota Premio, and he misplaced management of the automobile. He and his coach died on the scene, and a 3rd passenger was transported to the hospital.



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