As the world mourns the loss of 24-year-old Kenyan runner Kelvin Kiptum, Musalia Mudavadi, Kenya’s cabinet secretary, has expressed his deep sadness. He paid tribute to Kiptum’s remarkable talent and dedication to athletics as an inspiration to many. Mudavadi also highlighted Kiptum’s mentorship and leadership, which guided aspiring athletes to reach their full potential.
Kiptum made a significant impact in long distance running last year, breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon and dominating the London Marathon with the third fastest time over the 26.2 mile distance. He was considered a once-in-a-generation talent and was the favorite for Olympic gold in Paris, where Kipchoge was going for a hat-trick of marathon titles. Despite never setting foot on an athletics track before, he achieved his historic time of 2hr 0m 35sec in October while training for the Rotterdam Marathon in April and being selected for the Kenyan team for the Olympic marathon in August.
Mudavadi extended his thoughts and prayers to Kiptum’s family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. He wished them comfort in their cherished memories of Kiptum and strength in their support of one another as they navigate this loss. The legacy that Kelvin Kiptum leaves behind is a testament to passion and commitment to excellence, inspiring many to strive for greatness in their own pursuits.