• Kelvin Kiptum and his teacher died in a terrible car crash on the road between Eldoret and Kaptagat.
• Kelvin Kiptum finished the marathon in 2:00:35, which is the world record.
Kelvin K. Kiptum
The world marathon record is held by 24-year-old Kenyan long-distance runner Kelvin Kiptum (2:00:35). He is also the only person in history to finish a marathon in less than 2:01:00.
He started running when he was 18 years old, and in 2018 he won the Eldoret Half Marathon in Kenya in a record time of 1:02:01.
Kiptum started running abroad in 2019 at the Lisbon Half Marathon, where he set a new personal best time of 59:54 and came in fifth place.
He beat his own record at the Valencia Half Marathon in December of the next year, coming in sixth in 58:42.
The races Kelvin ran in 2021 in Lens (France) and Valencia were over in 59:35 and 59:02, respectively. He slowed down. In the Lens half marathon, he came in first, and in Valencia, he was eighth.
He has run three of the six fastest marathons in the world, and he always beats his own record.
He was only the third man in history to break the two-hour and two-minute mark when he won the Valencia Marathon in 2022 with a time of 2:01:53.
During the same year, he set the record for the fastest first marathon ever. His winning time was by far the fastest first marathon ever.
Earlier this year, he ran the second-fastest marathon time in history, 2:01:25. The world record was still 16 seconds away.
At the Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2023, Kiptum shocked everyone by breaking Eluid Kipchoge’s record of 2:01:09 and setting a new record of 2:00:35. He was the first man in history to finish a marathon in less than two hours and one minute.
Kelvin hasn’t gotten married yet.
End of life
An award-winning Kenyan marathon runner named Kelvin Kiptum and his coach were killed in a terrible car accident on the road between Eldoret and Kaptagat.
Dennis Muga, the commander of the traffic base, said that the bodies of the dead have been taken to the morgue at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH).
Kiptum seems to have lost control of the car they were driving, which hit a tree and then went into a ditch.