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Remembering Kelvin Kiptum: A Star Athlete and an Inspiration Lost Too Soon


Feb 12, 2024
24-year-old marathon world record holder dies in tragic car accident

Kenyan cabinet secretary Musalia Mudavadi mourned the passing of long-distance running sensation Kelvin Kiptum. Kiptum, a 24-year-old prodigy, had a remarkable talent and dedication to athletics that inspired many. Mudavadi praised Kiptum’s mentorship and leadership, which helped aspiring athletes reach their full potential. He saw Kiptum’s legacy as a testament to passion and commitment to excellence.

In October 2021, Kiptum broke Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2hr 0m 35sec. He also dominated the London Marathon with the third fastest time over the 26.2 mile distance that year. Kipchoge was going for a hat-trick of marathon titles in Paris, where he was considered the favorite for Olympic gold in August. However, tragedy struck when Kiptum passed away suddenly on March 17th during training for the Rotterdam Marathon.

Kipchoge was the first human to run a marathon under two hours in a controlled time trial event with pacers, but it was Kiptum who looked increasingly likely to achieve that feat in ratified race conditions. His impressive performance earned him ‘off track’ athlete of the year by World Athletics in December. Despite starting his serious running career barefoot while herding cattle for his family, Kiptum had never set foot on an athletics track before his breakout year in 2021.

Mudavadi extended his thoughts and prayers to Kiptum’s family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. He wished them comfort in their cherished memories and strength in their support of one another as they grieve the loss of this talented young man who left such an indelible mark on the world of athletics.

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