Kiptum’s final journey

Friday, February 23rd, 2024 03:30 | By
Kiptum’s final journey
Kelvin Kiptum. PHOTO/World Athletics

President William Ruto will today afternoon lead the country in the final journey of world men’s marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum who will be laid to rest at his home in Naiberi village, Uasin Gishu County.

More than 2000 mourners from the global athletics fraternity are expected to attend the memorial mass of the Kenyan long-distance sensation at Chepsamo Primary School in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Initially, the burial of Kiptum who died in a road accident on the night of February was scheduled for tomorrow but the event has been brought forward by a day to allow President Ruto to attend since he has another national engagement on Saturday.

Other senior government officials led by Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba are also expected to be part of Kiptum’s final rites.

The country’s community including the local body Athletics Kenya leadership, active athletes, retired athletes, his management team Golazo, international athletics fraternity led by World Athletics representatives are also anticipated to attend the funeral mass and the burial.

Kiptum’s body was removed from the Eldoret Hospital mortuary yesterday and thousands of mourners thronged the streets of Eldoret town, all through to Iten, some following the procession singing hymns as they paid homage to the global athletics star who had a lot in store to offer the world before his tragic demise on the night of the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Athletes, coaches and fans alike all got a chance to view his body at the Iten Stadium before it was taken to his father’s home at Chepkorio village.

Kiptum’s father, Samson Cheruiyot, expressed a desire to see his only child being buried in his compound at Chepkorio village.

However,after multiple deliberations within the family an agreement was reached for the fallen hero to be rested at his home in Naiberi,Ainabkoi Constituency in Uasin Gishu County.

His newly constructed three bedroom house, funded by the Government was set to be handed over to the family yesterday.

The late Kelvin Kiptum, 24, shocked the world when he gallantly smashed the world men’s marathon record in 2:00:35 in Chicago last year.

His coach, Gervais Hakizimana, was laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon at Masaka in his home county, Rwanda.

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