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London Marathon to honour late Kenyan athlete Kelvin Kiptum

enya's Kelvin Kiptum crossing the finish line at the 2023 London Marathon   -  
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Ahead of the London Marathon, athletes say the late Kelvin Kiptum, will always hold a special place in their hearts.

The Kenyan star runner won last year's race, but died in a car crash in February at the age of 24, alongside his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana.

His death came just months after he became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours and one minute in Chicago, sent shockwaves through the sport.

Kiptum was reportedly planning a bid to run the 42-kilometre distance in under two hours in Rotterdam in April, a feat that has never been achieved in open competition.

"The course is called after his name. We are all remembering him now. We have put him in a special place in our heart. In a really short time, he tuned up the sport," says Ethiopian Olympic gold medalist, Kenenisa Bekele.

In winning the London Marathon last year, Kiptum set a new record time for the event of two hours, one minute, and 25 seconds.

He is to be remembered before Sunday's race with 30 seconds of applause.

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