Kelvin Kiptum’s family is devastated after the loss of the marathon world record holder in a car crash. Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, were killed in the accident near Kaptagat, Kenya.
Kiptum’s father, Samson Cheruiyot, shared his heartbreak about losing his only child who had promised to build him a house and buy him a car. This loss is especially difficult considering that doctors had advised against further pregnancies after Kiptum’s birth because of complications experienced by his mother, forcing his parents to relocate their hopes and dreams onto him.
Kiptum’s wife, Asenath Cheruiyot stated they were supposed to travel to Rotterdam together where Kiptum had hoped to compete in finishing the marathon in less than two hours. According to Kiptum’s wife, he was one of the most promising road runners to come along in years, having set the world record at the Chicago Marathon. The record was ratified by World Athletics last week.
Kelvin Kiptum was passionate about running and had given up his studies in electrical engineering for it. His father agreed to let him focus on his running and it paid off as Kiptum became known for breaking records on the track. Despite this success, Kiptum’s family is still struggling with the loss of their beloved husband and father, leaving them with unanswered questions and uncertain future.