Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Musalia Mudavadi, has expressed his deepest condolences over the death of Kelvin Kiptum. He spoke highly of Kiptum’s exceptional talent and dedication to athletics, which served as an inspiration to many. Mudavadi also highlighted Kiptum’s mentorship and leadership, guiding aspiring athletes to reach their full potential. The legacy Kiptum leaves behind is a testament to passion and commitment to excellence in the world of long-distance running.
Kiptum, a 24-year-old athlete from Eldoret, made significant strides in the field last year, breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon and dominating the London Marathon with the third-fastest time over the 26.2-mile distance. He was considered a once-in-a-generation talent and was widely recognized as a favorite for Olympic gold in Paris, where Kipchoge was going for a hat-trick of marathon titles.
Kiptum’s historic time of 2hr 0m 35sec was set in October during his final weeks of training for the Rotterdam Marathon in April. In addition to being selected for Kenya’s Olympic marathon team in August, he had also been named the World Athletics Non-Track Athlete of the Year in December for his outstanding performance on track. Despite never having run on a track before taking up barefoot running while tending cattle for his family, he quickly gained recognition as a force to be reckoned with in long-distance running circles.