Kelvin Kiptum updates: Seb Coe leads tributes as marathon world record holder passes in Kenya accident

Watch Kelvin Kiptum break marathon world record as world morns runner’s death

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

Kiptum burst onto the marathon scene over the last two years, winning the 2023 London Marathon and then stunning the running world to break compatriot Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon in October in 2:00:35. Kiptum was targeting the Rotterdam Marathon in April next, with excitement building 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 has led the tributes to Kiptum – follow the latest news and reaction to the tragic news below:


Kelvin Kiptum, marathon world record holder, dies in car accident

“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said in a statement.

“On behalf of all World Athletics, we send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, team mates and the Kenyan nation. An incredible athlete leaving an incredible legacy, we will miss him dearly.”

Lawrence Ostlere12 February 2024 08:45


Recap – Kelvin Kiptum, marathon world record holder, dies in car accident

Kenya’s marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach were killed in a traffic accident in the Rift Valley on Sunday, cutting short the promising career of the only man to have run the endurance classic in less than two hours and one minute.

The 24-year-old set the world record at the Chicago Marathon in October with a time of two hours and 35 seconds to surpass the mark of 2:01:09 run by compatriot Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin in 2022.

Kiptum, who clocked three of the seven fastest marathon times in history, had been hoping to become the first man to run the marathon in under two hours in race conditions at Rotterdam in April as well as make his Olympic debut in Paris in July.

Kelvin Kiptum with the trophy after winning the Men’s elite race during the TCS London Marathon in 2023 (John Walton/PA)

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Lawrence Ostlere12 February 2024 07:55


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

Lagat, who has competed for Kenya and the United States over a glittering career and participated in the marathon, took to social media to reveal his shock.

Jack Rathborn12 February 2024 07:00


Kelvin Kiptum death – latest tributes and reaction

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

While fans were excited for a first head-to-head showdown with compatriot Eliud Kipchoge.

The tragic news now cuts short a blossoming career with immense potential given his three performance over the iconic distance and his ability and discipline to negative split already at such a young age.

Jack Rathborn12 February 2024 06:00


Kelvin Kiptum death – latest tributes and reaction

Kelvin Kiptum was one of World Athletics’ men’s athlete of the year last year.

Posing alongside fellow winners Noah Lyles and Armand ‘Mondo’ Duplantis, as World Athletics split the award, Kiptum was recognised outside the distance running world.

Jack Rathborn12 February 2024 05:00


Kelvin Kiptum death – latest tributes and reaction

Kelvin Kiptum’s professional career started back in 2018 at the Eldoret Half Marathon, running an impressive 1:02:01 at altitude. He would follow that up with a DNF in the Stockholm in May 2019, then a 28:17 in Utrecht in 2019 down in the 10k.

There would be another DNF in Brussels in 2020 at a one-hour race, with two half marathons in 2020: a 1:00:57 in Marugame and then 59:59 in Den Haag.

Kiptum’s career at the shorter distances would finish in 2021, including a 28:27.87 in the 10k in Stockholm and two half marathons; one in Lens (59:35) and then Valencia half marathon in 59:02.

Jack Rathborn12 February 2024 04:00


Kelvin Kiptum death – latest tributes and reaction

Kelvin Kiptum marathon results

  • Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP 2022: 2:01:53
  • TCS London Marathon 2023: 2:01:25
  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon: 2:00:35

Jack Rathborn12 February 2024 03:00


Kelvin Kiptum death – Chicago Marathon pays tribute to Kenyan

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

“While he will be celebrated for his record-breaking performances, I will remember him as an incredible talent and as an even more magnificent person. 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 champion and world record holder (2:00:35).”

Jack Rathborn12 February 2024 02:45


Kelvin Kiptum death – latest tributes and reaction

Kenya’s minister for sports, Ababu Namwamba, announced on X: “Devastatingly sickening! Kenya has lost a special gem. Lost for words.”

Jack Rathborn12 February 2024 02:30


Kelvin Kiptum death – latest tributes and reaction

Jack Rathborn12 February 2024 02:15


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