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Kelvin Kiptum: A Tribute to the Marathon Star Who Shines Bright Forever

The vice chairman of Athletics Kenya (AK), Kericho branch, Gabriel Kiptanui, sent his official condolence message to the family and global sports community of late World Marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum, who passed on in a tragic road accident five days ago at Kaptagat area along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road in Kenya.

Kelvin Kiptum

Gervais Hakizimana

Along with him in the car was his Rwandese coach, Gervais Hakizimana (September 5, 1987 – February 11, 2024), who had died in the same accident.

In his statement, VC Kiptanui said that Kiptum’s death has left a significant gap in the athletic community, and they have lost one of the finest road runners in the country and the world, whose achievements and legacy of determination shall always be remembered in sports.

In his words, VC Gabriel Kiptanui said that Kelvin Kiptum was a talented athlete and he was aiming to break the 2hour barrier at the 2024 Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 and participate at the 2024 Olympic Games, which will be held in Paris.

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Besides, he was an inspiration to many upcoming athletes in Kericho. He was a simple, friendly, and well-disciplined man. The athletics community in Kericho is deeply mourning over his untimely death,” said the Vice Chair.

It must be remembered that in October 2023, Kiptum won the Chicago Marathon in 2:00:35 hours, breaking Kipchoge’s previous record of 2:00:9 set in 2022.

According to officials, Kiptum will be buried at the family home in Chepsamo, near Eldoret in Kenya, on February 24 this year.

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About Kelvin Kiptum Cheruiyot

According to Wikipedia, Kelvin Kiptum Cheruiyot (1999-2024) was a Kenyan long-distance runner. Kelvin Kiptum won almost all world marathon competitions he participated in and ranked among the fastest seven marathons ever recorded, and he left a lasting mark on the world of marathon running; Kiptum won the Chicago Marathon in 2:00:35 hours,

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