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Kelvin Kiptum: Athlete’s Father Claims 4 Strangers Visited His Home Days Before Son's Death
- Kelvin Kiptum's father wants the government to launch investigations into his son's death
- The marathon world record-holder and his coach perished in a car crash on February 11
- Father claims four unidentified people visited his home four days before the car accident
The sudden and tragic death of world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum, along with his coach Gervais Hakizimana, has sparked concerns and calls for thorough investigations from the athlete's father.
The fatal accident occurred on the Eldoret-Ravine highway on Sunday night, February 11, when Kiptum's car veered off the road, striking a tree, claiming both lives instantly.
Kiptum's father, Samson Cheruiyot, urged the government to launch a comprehensive inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his son's untimely demise.
Cheruiyot disclosed that days before the accident, four unidentified individuals visited their home inquiring about Kiptum, but they refused to provide any identification and left when pressed further.
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“People who came home a while back who were looking for Kiptum but refused to identify themselves. I asked them to provide identification, but they opted to leave. It was a group of 4 people,” Kiptum's father said, as quoted on Citizen.
Expressing his profound grief, he lamented the loss of his only child, whom he regarded as the family's sole hope. The devastating impact of Kiptum's passing has deeply affected him, his wife, and their grandchildren.
Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Creative Economy, and Sports, Ababu Namwamba, announced the government's intention to pay tribute to Kiptum with a dignified send-off. Namwamba, accompanied by Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei, extended condolences to the bereaved families and revealed that Kiptum had been nominated for a prestigious National Honor, which the President endorsed.
Tributes to Kelvin Kiptum
Tributes poured in from leaders and athletes nationwide, with President Ruto commending Kiptum as one of the world's foremost sportsmen. Prime Cabinet Secretary, Musalia Mudavadi lauded his athletic prowess, mentorship, and leadership qualities.
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Legend Eliud Kipchoge led other athletes in mourning the man who broke his marathon record in blistering fashion last year at the Chicago marathon.
"I am deeply saddened by the tragic passing of the Marathon World record holder and rising star Kelvin Kiptum. An athlete who had a whole life ahead of him to achieve incredible greatness. I offer my deepest condolences to his young family. May God comfort you during this trying time," Kipchoge posted on his Instagram.
Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala, also mourned Kiptum's passing on social media, describing him as a hero whose legacy epitomized Kenya's resilience and excellence in athletics.
Noah Lyles offers condolences to Kelvin Kiptum's family
Sports Brief previously reported when World 100m and 200m champion, Noah Lyles, joined athletics fans in mourning Kiptum.
The Kenyan was expected to take on his compatriot Kipchoge at the Paris Olympics this year.
Lyles reacted to Kiptum's death by sending prayers to the family and everyone close to him.