Kiptum, who is regarded as one of the leading candidates for the Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024, was traveling on Sunday night from Kaptagat to Eldoret in western Kenya when his automobile flipped at approximately eleven o’clock (2000 GMT).
According to Peter Mulinge, the Elgeyo Marakwet County police chief, the accident claimed the lives of Kiptum and his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana, while injuring a female passenger.
“Of the three people in the automobile, two passed away instantly and the other was hospitalized. Kiptum and his coach are the two.
Mulinge informed reporters, “It was Kiptum who was driving toward Eldoret, and the vehicle lost control and rolled, killing the two on the spot.”
With a timing of 2:00:35 in Chicago in October, Kiptum broke the world record, making a spectacular debut on the marathon circuit.
Eliud Kipchoge, a fellow Kenyan runner, had previously held the record, but this time it was broken by 34 seconds.
Kiptum had only run three marathons and was just twenty-three years old at the time.
In addition to breaking the record in Chicago, Kiptum triumphed in the other two marathons he ran.
In 2022, he won in Valencia for the first time, and the following year, in London.
In a post on X, Kenyan President William Ruto called Kiptum “our future” and “an extraordinary sportsman.”
He described himself as “possibly one of the best athletes in the world who broke through barriers to set a marathon record.”