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Kelvin Kiptum, marathon world record holder, dies in car crash at 24 (gifted link)

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  1. imperialismus
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    This dude was an absolute generational talent. He only ran three marathons and won them all. The first was the fastest ever marathon debut. The second was 16 seconds off the world record. The...

    This dude was an absolute generational talent. He only ran three marathons and won them all. The first was the fastest ever marathon debut. The second was 16 seconds off the world record. The third was 34 seconds faster than the world record. All three were course records as well.

    It’s gonna be one of those all time what-ifs. I’m almost certain he would have broken the 2 hour barrier, perhaps even this year. Eliud Kipchoge, the previous record holder and marathon GOAT, set the previous record at age 37, and didn’t even start running marathons until he was almost thirty. Kiptum was 24.

    It’s been a recent trend that runners are jumping into road running at a young age rather than running track for a decade first, which is what Kipchoge and many of his peers did. I think there’s more money in it. Many of these African runners are pulling not just themselves, but entire villages out of poverty. Marathon is a distance that benefits from age and experience, but of course you go where the money is. And if you’re the world’s fastest at age 23, why not run the marathon?

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  2. HEBV5
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    World record holder for the marathon just died in a car accident. I've loosely heard about his accomplishments and it's tragic for someone to die like that, especially so young.

    World record holder for the marathon just died in a car accident. I've loosely heard about his accomplishments and it's tragic for someone to die like that, especially so young.

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  3. trim
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    Tragic. When I used to run a lot, (18 minute 5k) , I used to marvel that the speed of the best marathon runners was to do 5ks faster than that, for over 8 of them back to back. For me, that's just...

    Tragic.

    When I used to run a lot, (18 minute 5k) , I used to marvel that the speed of the best marathon runners was to do 5ks faster than that, for over 8 of them back to back. For me, that's just incomprehensibly fast.

    I can't even cycle that distance at that pace man. Much less run it (well, especially not now, thanks a lot age, not great to see ya)

    So sad we'll never get to see where he could have taken the times. Below 2 hours? Who knows man. It was long thought to be one of those insurmountable times.

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  4. gpl
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    Wow, this is tragic. I remember seeing the news when he broke the record. I'm certain he would have broken the 2:00 barrier, and probably soon. Just sad.

    Wow, this is tragic. I remember seeing the news when he broke the record. I'm certain he would have broken the 2:00 barrier, and probably soon. Just sad.

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