Kelvin Kiptum had run three of the seven fastest marathons in history.
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Kelvin Kiptum, the young Kenyan long-distance runner, had taken the marathon world by storm, etching his name into the record books with a series of impressive performances. At the time of his passing, he holds the coveted title of fastest marathoner in history, achieved through his groundbreaking victory at the 2023 Chicago Marathon.
But his journey to the top is paved with more than just one record-breaking run. Let’s delve into the remarkable list of accolades Kiptum had accumulated in his short, yet spectacular, career:
1. Shattering the World Record: On October 8, 2023, at the Chicago Marathon, Kiptum stunned the world by running the fastest marathon ever in an officially sanctioned race, clocking in at a phenomenal 2:00:35. This feat shaved a significant 34 seconds off the previous record held by his compatriot, Eliud Kipchoge. This achievement solidified his position as the current marathon world record holder.
2. Fastest Debut and Sub-2:02 Course Records: Kiptum’s talent was evident right from his debut. In December 2022, at the Valencia Marathon, he ran the fastest ever marathon debut, finishing in 2:01:53, making him only the third person in history to break the 2:02 barrier in his first attempt. He continued his dominance by setting sub-2:02 course records in both the 2023 London Marathon (2:01:25) and the 2023 Chicago Marathon (2:00:35).
3. Claiming Three of the Seven Fastest Marathons: Kiptum’s Chicago Marathon victory not only shattered the world record but also placed him within the elite group of runners who have clocked the fastest marathons ever run. With his times in Valencia, London, and Chicago, he holds three of the seven fastest marathons in history.
4. Two Major Marathon Victories: Beyond individual bests, Kiptum has proven his mettle in premier marathon events. He has secured victories in two of the prestigious World Marathon Majors (WMM): the 2023 London Marathon and the 2023 Chicago Marathon.
Authored by Feba Bovas