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Kelvin Kiptum dies in car crash aged 24

Marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum died in a car crash in Kenya late on Sunday, a fellow athlete who went to the hospital and saw the body said.

The 24-year-old’s coach also died in the crash, Kenyan runner Milcah Chemos said. The crash happened on a road between the towns of Eldoret and Kaptagat in western Kenya, she said, in the heart of the high-altitude region that’s renowned as a training base for long-distance runners.

Kelvin Kiptum celebrates his Chicago Marathon record victory.

Kelvin Kiptum celebrates his Chicago Marathon record victory.Credit: AP

Chemos said she was among a group of athletes who went to the hospital in Eldoret after hearing news of the crash. Family members of Kiptum were also with them to identify his body, Chemos said.

Kiptum was the first man to run the marathon in under two hours, one minute. He set the world record of 2:00.35 at the Chicago Marathon in October, beating the mark of fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge.

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