Kenya’s cabinet secretary Musalia Mudavadi mourned the loss of Kelvin Kiptum, a talented long-distance runner who broke Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon and dominated the London Marathon in 2020. Mudavadi paid tribute to Kiptum’s remarkable talent and dedication to athletics, which served as an inspiration to many. He also highlighted Kiptum’s mentorship and leadership skills, which helped aspiring athletes reach their full potential. Mudavadi expressed his condolences to Kiptum’s family, friends, and teammates, wishing them comfort during this difficult time.
Kiptum was only 24 years old when he made a significant impact in long-distance running last year. His historic time of 2hr 0m 35sec at the Chicago Marathon set a new world record and earned him the title of ‘off track’ athlete of the year by World Athletics in December. Kiptum was considered a once-in-a-generation talent and was expected to win gold at the Paris Olympics, where Eliud Kipchoge was going for a hat-trick of marathon titles. However, tragedy struck when Kiptum passed away suddenly during training for the Rotterdam Marathon in April.
Despite never having previously run on an athletics track, Kiptum began serious running barefoot while herding cattle for his family. His dedication and natural talent earned him recognition from many in the athletic community, making him a beloved figure among fans and fellow runners alike. As someone who inspired many with his passion for running and commitment to excellence, Kelvin Kiptum will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.