Michael Reaves / Getty ImagesKelvin Kiptum of Kenya celebrates after winning the 2023 Chicago Marathon professional men's division and setting a world record marathon time of 2:00:35 at Grant Park on Oct. 8, 2023, in Chicago.
The man who set the record for the fastest marathon ever, Kelvin Kiptum, died in a car crash in his native Kenya on Sunday, the sports governing body World Athletics said. He was 24.
"We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the devastating loss of Kelvin Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana," World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said in a statement.
"An incredible athlete leaving an incredible legacy, we will miss him dearly," Coe added.
Kiptum's record-setting showing in Chicago bested the previous record held by his fellow Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge, who finished the 2022 Berlin Marathon in 2:01:09.
"I knew I was coming for a course record, but a world record — I am so happy," Kiptum said after the race last year. "A world record was not on my mind today, but I knew one day I would be a world record-holder."
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