Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum dead at 24

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Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum has died aged 24, according to foreign media outlets.

Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, died in a traffic accident on Monday, Bizna Keyna reported.

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

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

Kiptum’s run marked the third time a men’s world record had been set on the streets of Chicago but the first time since Morocco’s Khalid Khannouchi in 1999.

Kiptum reached the halfway mark in 1:00:48, just off world-record pace, and Kiptum pulled away from Mateiko with a 4:21 time in his 20th mile then reached 40km at 30 seconds under world-record pace, setting the stage for history.

His death came just five days after World Athletics ratified his world record.

The sporting world has begun to react to the tragic news, with Kenyans feeling the most grief having lost a national hero at such a young age.

More to come.