In Summary
  • The late Record Holder Burial Underway
  • His Death has united mourners globally
  • President Ruto pays His Last respect to Late Marathoner Kiptum

While Kiptum only competed in three marathons, he won all of the races, posting three of the seven fastest times for the event.

His sudden death has left Kenya, and the wider athletics community in sorrow.

Burial Of The Late Kiptum

Reeling World marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum, who tragically lost his life in a road accident on February 11, 2024, alongside his Rwandese Coach Gervais Hakizimana funeral is currently underway .

The burial ceremony, will take take place at his Chepsaimo home, with  President William Ruto leading Kenyans and the world in paying their last respects to the fallen marathon champion.

Kiptum’s Rising Star

His untimely demise halted the aspirations of a marathoner who was on the cusp of greatness, aiming to break the elusive two-hour marathon barrier.

Kiptum’s body was moved from the Eldoret Hospital mortuary, accompanied by a solemn procession of boda boda riders, covering 80 kilometers from Eldoret Town to Iten.

The journey held profound significance as it traced the familiar routes that Kiptum once traversed during his training sessions and competitions.

Following the procession, a prayer service was held at ACK Chepkorio, where heartfelt tributes were paid to Kiptum’s remarkable achievements and indomitable spirit.

Last Honor
President Ruto Attends the Burial Ceremony of The Late Kiprum (Photo Courtesy /Lugalia


President Ruto, in his eulogy, hailed Kiptum as a stellar athlete who had left an indelible mark on the world stage.

“Kelvin Kiptum was undeniably one of the finest sportsmen the world has ever seen, breaking barriers and setting records that will be remembered for generations to come,” remarked President Ruto.

At just 24 years old, Kiptum’s list of records included victories in prestigious marathons such as Valencia, Chicago, and London.

His legacy as a trailblazer in the world of athletics will continue to inspire future generations of athletes, reminding them of the resilience, dedication, and passion embodied by Kelvin Kiptum.

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