Eliud Kipchoge honors Kelvin Kiptum in before of the Tokyo Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge, the two-time Olympic marathon champion, honored Kelvin Kiptum on March 1 following the world record holder’s untimely death in February from a car accident. Kipchoge is getting ready to run in his first marathon after the death of his Kenyan colleague Kiptum on February 11 at the age of 24, the Tokyo Marathon, on March 3. Only a few months after surpassing Kipchoge’s world record, Kiptum passed away, and it was anticipated that the two famous marathoners would compete for the first time at the Paris Olympics this summer.

 

He said, “He was really running on a high level and his career was in high spirits. Kiptum only participated in three marathons during his career, yet he won each one and set three of the top seven fastest times ever recorded. The father of two was traveling through the Rift Valley, which is known as the birthplace of distance running in Kenya, when his vehicle skidded off the road. Kiptum and his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana, died instantly, according to the police, while a female passenger was hurt. Kenyans and the sports community were shocked by Kiptum’s passing. In light of Kiptum’s passing, Kipchoge continued, the 2024 Olympic marathon in Paris would be “a little bit different.

 

Kipchoge, who won gold at the Olympics in Rio in 2016 and again in Tokyo five years later due to a pandemic, stated that there were huge expectations. Kiptum beat Kipchoge’s previous world record by 34 seconds when he completed the Chicago Marathon in October of last year, clocking in at 2 hours and 35 minutes. He shared the podium with Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan, the Chicago women’s champion who is competing in Tokyo. Hassan, who finished second in the history of women’s race times in Chicago, expressed her grief over Kiptum’s passing. I gave it to him after he broke the world record in Chicago,” the woman remarked. At such an early age, he was demonstrating to the world the possibilities. It’s really challenging.

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