Kelvin Kiptum

Kelvin Kiptum, the late marathon record-holder was honored by cabinet members in a meeting at state house on Wednesday, February 14.

The cabinet during the meeting headed by the head of state, President William Ruto, took a minute of silence as a way of honouring the athlete and his Rwandan coach Gervais Hakizimana. The two died in a car crash at Kaptagat area along the Elgeyo Marakwet – Ravine road.

The President in his tribute on Monday, praised Kiptum as a shining star and one of the world’s finest sportsmen with a remarkable record.

“Kelvin Kiptum was a star. Arguably one of the world’s finest sportsmen who broke barriers to secure a marathon record. Kiptum was our future. An extraordinary sportsman has left an extraordinary mark on the globe.  Our thoughts are with the family and the sporting fraternity. Rest In Peace,” Part of Ruto’s heartfelt message read

The 24 year old rose to fame after breaking the marathon world record in Chicago, last year October.

President William Ruto while condoling with the family and the sport fraternity spoke on the incredibly undeniable mark that Kelvin left.

Kelvin Kiptum, according to a member of the burial committee, will be laid to rest on February 24 at Chepkorio , Elgeyo Marakwet county.

We may be laying to rest Kelvin on Saturday, February 24th, and we want to invite Kenyans of goodwill, friends, leaders, and everyone to give him a befitting sendoff. The family is humble and in need of support as Kelvin has been a pillar for the entire community,”he said.

According to Sport’s Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba, the government will collaborate with the family to accord Kiptum a befitting send off.

Police are still investigating the reason behind  the deadly road crash.





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