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Kelvin Kiptom updates: Seb Coe leads the tributes as marathon world record holder passes in Kenya crash

Kelvin Kiptom updates: Seb Coe leads the tributes as marathon world record holder passes in Kenya crash

Watch Kelvin Kiptum break marathon world record after world-class morning runner dies

The sport is in mourning after Kelvin Kiptum, the men's marathon world record holder, died in a road accident in Kenya late on Sunday evening. Kiptom and his coach Jarvi Hakizimana died in a collision in the Kaptagat area.

Kiptom has emerged on the marathon scene over the past two years, winning the 2023 London Marathon and then stunning the running world by breaking compatriot Eliud Kipchoge's world record at the Chicago Marathon in October in 2:00:35. Kiptoum has been targeting the Rotterdam Marathon next April, with excitement growing around the prospect of attempting to break the two-hour barrier in an official race for the first time, following Kipchoge's unofficial 1:59:40.2 run in Vienna in 2019.

World Athletics President Seb Coe paid tribute to Kiptom – Follow the latest news and reaction to the tragic news below:

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

“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptom and his coach Jervis Hakizimana,” IAAF President Sebastian Coe said in a statement.

Lawrence Ostlere12 February 2024 at 08:45

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

Kenyan world record marathon runner Kelvin Kiptom 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 run the endurance classic in less than two hours and one minute.

The 24-year-old runner set the world record in the Chicago Marathon in October with a time of two hours and 35 seconds, surpassing the record of 2:01:09 set by his compatriot Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin in 2022.

Kiptom, who has recorded three of the seven fastest marathons in history, was hoping to become the first man to run the marathon in under two hours in race conditions in Rotterdam in April, as well as make his Olympic debut in Paris in July.

Kelvin Kiptom holds the trophy after winning the men's elite race during the TCS London Marathon in 2023 (John Walton/PA)

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Lawrence OstlereFebruary 12, 2024 at 07:55

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

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

Jack RathburnFebruary 12, 2024 at 07:00

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Kelvin Kiptom Dies – Latest Condolences and Reactions

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

The tragic news now interrupts his blossoming career with huge potential given his elite three-distance performances and his ability and discipline to split negatives already at such a young age.

Jack RathburnFebruary 12, 2024 at 06:00

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Kelvin Kiptom Dies – Latest Condolences and Reactions

Kelvin Kiptum was one of the men's athletes at World Athletics last year.

Standing alongside fellow winners Noah Lyles and Armand “Mondo” Duplantis, as the IAAF split the award, Kiptum was recognized beyond the world of distance running.

Jack RathburnFebruary 12, 2024 at 05:00

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Kelvin Kiptom Dies – Latest Condolences and Reactions

Kelvin Kiptom's professional career began in 2018 at the Eldoret Half Marathon, where he achieved an impressive time of 1:02:01 at altitude. He would follow that up with a DNF in Stockholm in May 2019, then a 28:17 in Utrecht in 2019 in the 10km.

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

Kiptum's career at shorter distances will end in 2021, including a 28:27.87 in a 10K race in Stockholm and two half marathons. One in Lens (59:35) and then the Valencia Half Marathon in 59:02.

Jack RathburnFebruary 12, 2024 at 04:00

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Kelvin Kiptom Dies – Latest Condolences and Reactions

Kelvin Kiptum Marathon Results

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

Jack RathburnFebruary 12, 2024 at 03:00

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Kelvin Kiptum dies – Chicago Marathon pays tribute to Kenyan

“While he will be celebrated for his record-breaking performance, I will remember him as an incredible talent and an even more amazing person. The sport of marathon running has suffered a tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” – Carrie Pinkowski, Executive Director of Race, Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

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

Jack RathburnFebruary 12, 2024 02:45

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Kelvin Kiptom Dies – Latest Condolences and Reactions

Kenya's Sports Minister, Ababu Namwamba, declared on Channel

Jack RathburnFebruary 12, 2024 at 02:30

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Kelvin Kiptom Dies – Latest Condolences and Reactions

Jack RathburnFebruary 12, 2024 02:15