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Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies – Kenyan media

Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum poses for a photo at the presentation ceremony for the 2023 London Marathon in central London on April 23, 2023. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum has died in a traffic accident, local media in Kenya reported on Sunday night.

Kiptum’s Rwandan coach Gervais Hakizimana was also killed in the accident.

The Nation reported that the 24-year-old Kenyan star athlete was driving when the accident occurred, with two passengers, including Hakimimana in the car.

The other passenger, a lady identified as Sharon Kosgey, survived with serious injuries.

Kiptum,  last October,  shattered the men’s world record to win the Chicago Marathon in two hours and 35 seconds .

He crushed the old world record of 2:01:09 set by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge in winning the 2022 Berlin Marathon.

It was Kiptum’s third victory in as many starts over the 26.2-mile distance. He won on his debut in December 2022 at Valencia and then in the London Marathon in April 2023.

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