World's fastest marathon runner dies in traffic accident

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Feb.12 - 2024 6:20 AM CET

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In a tragic turn of events, the world of athletics mourns the loss of one of its brightest stars.

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Kelvin Kiptum, renowned for setting unparalleled records in marathon running, has succumbed to injuries sustained in a devastating traffic accident. This loss not only leaves a void in the hearts of fans worldwide but also marks the end of an era in marathon running.

Kenya's Sports Minister, Ababu Namwamba, announced Kelvins death on X/Twitter.

"It's an overwhelming loss. Kenya has lost a truly special jewel. I am at a loss for words," he stated.

Kiptum was 24 years old.

According to the Kenyan newspaper Nation, Kiptum, along with his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, and a woman named Sharon Kosgey, were driving along a road near the runner's hometown, Rift Valley, when the accident occurred.

The exact circumstances are currently unclear.

Both Kiptum and Hakizimana died at the scene, while the woman, according to Nation, has been admitted to a hospital with serious injuries.

The local police chief, Peter Mulinge, described the accident as a solo accident, according to the newspaper.

The runner, whose dedication and perseverance shattered records, became an inspiration for athletes and enthusiasts alike.

His journey from a humble beginning to becoming the world's fastest marathoner is a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence. The athlete's contribution to the sport goes beyond medals and accolades; it's about setting a benchmark for future generations.

The accident that claimed the life of this sporting icon has sent shockwaves through the athletic community. Tributes have poured in from all corners, highlighting the profound impact the runner had on the sport and the void their departure leaves behind.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of the loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana," said the president of the International Athletics Federation, Sebastian Coe, in a statement.