Kelvin Kiptum: Noah Lyles Offers His Condolences Following the Passing of Kenyan Marathon Star

Kelvin Kiptum: Noah Lyles Offers His Condolences Following the Passing of Kenyan Marathon Star

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at February 12, 2024 at 9:50 AM
  • Marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum passed away at 24
  • The young Kenyan marathon star was in tragic car accident
  • Noah Lyles joined fans in paying tribute to the Kenyan star

Sports enthusiasts from every corner of the globe were deeply saddened upon learning about the tragic passing of Kelvin Kiptum, the world record holder in the marathon, following a fatal road accident.

Kiptum men's world marathon record was ratified just five days ago, and fans were excited to watch him break more records in 2024.

World 100m and 200m champion, Noah Lyles, has joined athletics fans in mourning the young athlete's death.

Kelvin Kiptum, Noah Lyles, World Athletics, Olympics, Kenya, Eliud Kipchoge, Chicago Marathon, London Marathon
Kelvin Kiptum's career was just taking off. Photos by Michael Reaves and Tim Clayton/Corbis.
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The 24-year-old died alongside his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, in a road accident in Eldoret, Kenya, on Sunday night, February 11, per BBC. Kiptum was ramping up his preparation for the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon, which is set for April 2024.

Many expected Kiptum to break the two-hour barrier in the marathon at some point in his career. Last year, he became the first man to run a marathon under 2:01 at the Chicago Marathon, per World Athletics.

He was expected to take on his compatriot Kipchoge at the 2024 Paris Olympics, but fans will never get to see them compete.

Noah Lyles, the 100m and 200m world champion, has reacted to his death.

"OMG THIS IS horrible. My prayers to the family and everyone close to him." he wrote on X.

Kiptum's career

The Kenyan died after competing in just three marathons. He made his debut at the 2022 Valencia marathon, clocking 2:01:53 to win.

At the 2023 London Marathon, he clocked the then-second-fastest time to win and was immediately tipped to break Eliud Kipchoge's 2022 world record. He clocked 2:01:25.

At the 2023 Chicago Marathon, he obliterated Kipchoge's record by 34 seconds. He clocked 2:00:35 to win, and many believed it was only a matter of time before he broke the two-hour barrier.

Kiptum vs Kipchoge

Sports Brief earlier compared Kiptum and Kipchoge's first three career marathons.

Kiptum took part in three marathons before his passing, while Kipchoge ran 19.

The youngster recorded better times in his first three marathons than the veteran double Olympic champion.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.