Kelvin Kiptum, a 24-year-old Kenyan long-distance runner, has passed away. Musalia Mudavadi, Kenya’s cabinet secretary, expressed deep sadness over the loss of such a talented and dedicated athlete. Mudavadi highlighted Kiptum’s remarkable talent and leadership as an inspiration to many.
In the past year, Kiptum made significant strides in long distance running, 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 the favorite for Olympic gold in Paris. Even though Kipchoge was the first human to run a marathon under two hours in a controlled time trial event with pacers, Kiptum looked increasingly likely to achieve that feat in ratified race conditions.
Kiptum began serious running barefoot while also herding cattle for his family. He had never previously set foot on an athletics track before achieving such great success. The legacy he leaves behind is a testament to passion and commitment to excellence in athletics. During this difficult time, Mudavadi extended his thoughts and prayers to Kiptum’s family, friends, and teammates. He wished them comfort in their cherished memories and strength in the support of one another.