The 24-year-old and his coach were killed after their car went off the road between the towns of Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya
Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, who was poised to become a long-distance running superstar, was killed along with his coach in a car crash in Kenya on Sunday.
Kiptum was 24 years old and the world record set last year at the Chicago Marathon was ratified by the international athletics federation World Athletics just last week.
He was also one of the favorites to win gold in the marathon at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Kiptum, who was Kenyan, and his Rwandan coach Gervais Hakizimana were killed in the crash around 11 p.m. According to another Kenyan athlete, Milcah Chemos, the accident occurred on a road between the towns of Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya.
Local authorities confirmed that only one car was involved in the accident and that a third person, a woman, also in the vehicle, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. She added that it appeared the car had gone off the road at high speed and collided with a tree before overturning.
Kiptum was the first man to run the marathon in under 2 hours and 1 minute in an official race when he set a world record of 2:00.35 in Chicago in October, beating the record of Kenyan marathon great Eliud Kipchoge. He set the record in his third top-level marathon.
Kiptum and Kipchoge were expected to provide an enticing all-Kenyan battle for marathon gold in Paris. Kiptum was due to start his season at the Rotterdam Marathon in April, which would be his first event since he broke the world record.