Kelvin Kiptum: President Ruto and Athletics President Sebastian Coe Among Dignitaries at Funeral

Kelvin Kiptum: President Ruto and Athletics President Sebastian Coe Among Dignitaries at Funeral

Robert Abong'o
updated at February 23, 2024 at 9:53 AM
  • Kelvin Kiptum will be laid to rest in his Uasin Gishu hometown
  • The world marathon record-holder perished in a car accident
  • Post-mortem report said he succumbed to severe head trauma

Today marks the final goodbye to World Marathon record-holder, Kelvin Kiptum.

Kenyans and the global community have gathered to pay their respects as he rests in his hometown of Uasin Gishu.

The funeral service, slated at Chepsamo Secondary School grounds, has seen the presence of dignitaries, including President William Ruto.

World marathon record-holder Kelvin Kiptum. Photo: Michael Reaves.
Kelvin Kiptum will be buried in his hometown in Uasin Gishu County. Photo: Michael Reaves.
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Among the notable figures include Paul Tergat, President of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya, President of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe, Athletics Kenya President, Jack Tuwei and Jamie Fox, Director of Communications for World Athletics.

Kiptum's untimely demise in a car accident on February 11, 2024, along the Eldama Ravine-Eldoret road, sent shockwaves globally. Nation reported that his vehicle struck a tree after veering off the road at high speed.

A post-mortem examination conducted by government pathologist Johansen Oduor said that he succumbed to severe head trauma from the crash.

Kelvin Kiptum's final moments

Forensic experts from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) meticulously reconstructed Kiptum's final movements. The investigative team, led by Director Martin Nyuguto, traced Kiptum's steps across Nairobi, shedding light on his activities before the accident.

Initiated at the insistence of the athlete's father, Samson Cheruiyot, the investigation included interviews with individuals who had interacted with Kiptum and his wife in the days leading up to the tragedy.

The probe unveiled that the runner had visited several establishments on his final evening, including the Talex Inn Restaurant Pub and Car Wash, The Well Irish Pub and Restaurant, and The Grand Miarmir Guest House, as reported by The Standard.

At The Grand Miarmir, Kiptum and his companions dined before departing in his Toyota Premio, which later met with the fatal accident near Flax junction.

Survivor recounts accident that killed Kiptum

Sports Brief reported that the only survivor of the devastating crash that took Kelvin Kiptum's life has come forward to share her harrowing experience.

Sharon Chepkurui Kosgei, aged 24, said she desperately tried to warn Kiptum as their car suddenly veered off the road.

Kosgei had remained out of the public eye until she slightly recovered.

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