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Kelvin Kiptum updates: Seb Coe leads honors as marathon world record holder dies in accident in Kenya

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Sport is in mourning after Kelvin Kiptum, the men's marathon world record holder, died in a road accident in Kenya late Sunday night. Kiptum and his coach Garvais Hakizimana were killed in a clash in the Kaptagat area.

Kiptum burst onto the marathon scene over the past two years, winning the 2023 London Marathon and then stunning the running world by breaking his compatriot Eliud Kipchoge's world record of 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon in October. Kiptum had his sights set on the Rotterdam Marathon next April, and excitement grew at the prospect of an attempt to break the two-hour barrier in an official race for the first time, following Kipchoge's unofficial run of 1:59:40 .2 in Vienna in 2019.

World Athletics President Seb Coe led the tributes to Kiptum – follow the latest news and reactions to the tragic news below:

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Former Olympian Bernard Lagat has reacted to the death of Kelvin Kiptum.

Lagat, who has competed for Kenya and the United States and participated in the marathon throughout his illustrious career, took to social media to express his shock.

Jack RathbornFebruary 12, 2024 7:00 am


Death of Kelvin Kiptum – latest tributes and reactions

Kiptum was a strong favorite to win gold at the Paris Olympics this summer.

While the fans were looking forward to a first direct duel with his compatriot Eliud Kipchoge.

The tragic news now ends a blossoming career with immense potential given his three performances over the iconic distance and his ability and discipline to create a negative divide at such a young age.

Jack RathbornFebruary 12, 2024 06:00


Death of Kelvin Kiptum – latest tributes and reactions

Kelvin Kiptum was one of the World Athletics Men's Athletes of the Year last year.

Kiptum posed alongside fellow winners Noah Lyles and Armand “Mondo” Duplantis as World Athletics shared the award, gaining recognition outside the distance running world.

Jack RathbornFebruary 12, 2024 5:00 am


Death of Kelvin Kiptum – latest tributes and reactions

Kelvin Kiptum's professional career began at the Eldoret Half Marathon in 2018 when he ran an impressive time of 1:02:01 at altitude. This was followed by a failure in the Stockholm race in May 2019 and a 28:17 in Utrecht in 2019 in the 10 km run.

There would be another failure in a one-hour race in Brussels in 2020, with two half marathons in 2020: a 1:00:57 in Marugame and then 59:59 in The Hague.

Kiptum's career in the shorter distances would end in 2021, including a time of 28:27.87 in the 10K in Stockholm and two half marathons; one in Lens (59:35) and then a Valencia half marathon in 59:02.

Jack RathbornFebruary 12, 2024 4:00 am


Death of Kelvin Kiptum – latest tributes and reactions

Results of the Kelvin Kiptum Marathon

  • Valencia Trinity Marathon Alfonso EDP 2022: 2:01:5
  • TCS London Marathon 2023: 2:01:25
  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon: 2:00:35

Jack RathbornFebruary 12, 2024 3:00 am


Death of Kelvin Kiptum – Chicago Marathon pays tribute to Kenyans

“We are shocked and saddened by the news of the recent death of Kelvin Kiptum. Kelvin was a generational athlete at the top of his game and there is no doubt in my mind that his greatest achievements lay ahead of him. We were lucky enough to witness his greatness on the streets of Chicago.

“While he will be celebrated for his record-breaking achievements, I will remember him as an incredible talent and an even greater human being. The sport of marathon running has suffered a tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” – Carey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director, Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

“Kelvin Kiptum was the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon winner and world record holder (2:00:35).”

Jack RathbornFebruary 12, 2024 02:45


Death of Kelvin Kiptum – latest tributes and reactions

Kenya's Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba announced on X: “Shockingly disgusting! Kenya has lost a special gem. I am at a loss for words.”

Jack RathbornFebruary 12, 2024 02:30


Death of Kelvin Kiptum – latest tributes and reactions

Jack RathbornFebruary 12, 2024 02:15


Death of Kelvin Kiptum – latest tributes and reactions

Former Kenyan Prime Minister: “Devastating news as we mourn the loss of a remarkable person: Kelvin Kiptum, world record holder and Kenyan athletics icon.” Together with his coach, they tragically died in an accident this evening.

“My deepest condolences go out to his loved ones, friends and the entire athletics fraternity. Our nation mourns the profound loss of a true hero.”

Jack RathbornFebruary 12, 2024 2:00 am


Death of Kenny Kiptum – US sprinter Kenny Bednarek pays tribute to Kenyans

Jack RathbornFebruary 12, 2024 01:45

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