Kelvin Kiptum, the newly crowned world marathon record holder, has been honoured with a KES 5 million award from the government in recognition of his outstanding achievement at the recent Chicago Marathon. Kiptum astounded the running world by setting a new record of 2:00.35 in the 42km race, becoming the first person in history to complete a marathon in under two hours and one minute. This remarkable feat shattered the previous record of 2:01:09, held by two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and set in Berlin last year.

The 23-year-old Kiptum expressed his delight at breaking the world record, acknowledging the invaluable support he received from his family, friends, and trainers. His extraordinary accomplishment is a testament to his dedication and marks a milestone in the realm of marathon running.

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