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Running world mourns world-fable marathoner Kelvin Kiptum

Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum won the 2023 London Marathon with a time of 2:01:25. Photo by Tolga Akmen/EPA-EFE

Feb. 12 (UPI) — Fellow Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and David Rudisha and packs of the enviornment’s most elite distance runners proceed to pay tribute to Kelvin Kiptum, the marathon world fable holder who died in a weekend car fracture. He became 24.

Athletics Kenya presented Kiptum’s demise Sunday night time. Kenya’s governing body for the sport of athletics — together with track and field, avenue races and sinful nation events — said Kiptum and his Rwandese coach, Garvais Hakizimana died in a car accident in Kaptagat, Kenya.

“Our condolences goes out to their families and the full athletics community right thru this sturdy time,” Athletics Kenya wrote on social media.

Kiptum, who made his international running debut in 2019, clocked a 2-hour, 1-minute, fifty three-second pause to construct up his marathon debut in December 2022 in Valencia. He also won in his second appearance, the 2023 London Marathon, clocking a urge-fable 2:01.25, the second-quickest ticket in history on the time.

No longer up to six months later, he went on to keep the marathon world fable with a 2:00:35 pause on the 2023 Chicago Marathon. That time edged Kipchoge’s earlier fable of 2:01:09 from the 2022 Berlin Marathon.

“I’m deeply saddened by the tragic passing of the marathon world fable holder and rising huge title Kelvin Kiptum,” Kipchoge, who owns five of the quickest 10 marathon events in history, wrote Sunday on social media. “An athlete who had a total existence sooner than him to withhold out amazing greatness.

“I offer my deepest condolences to his younger household. Would possibly possibly most probably well simply God consolation you right thru this attempting time.”

Kiptum’s fable time from Chicago became ratified appropriate final week by World Athletics.

“I’m shy and deeply saddened to learn the passing of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana,” Rudisha, a two-time Olympic track gold medalist, wrote on social media. “My condolences to the families, company, athletic fraternity and Kenya at spacious.

“Here is an mountainous loss.”

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