Kenya’s cabinet secretary Musalia Mudavadi expressed deep sadness over the passing of 24-year-old long distance runner Kelvin Kiptum. He remembered 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. He described the legacy Kiptum leaves behind as a testament to passion and commitment to excellence. During this difficult time, Mudavadi extended his thoughts and prayers to Kiptum’s family, friends, and teammates, wishing them comfort in their cherished memories and strength in the support of one another.
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. Kiptum’s historic time of 2hr 0m 35sec was set in October, and he was in the final weeks of training for the Rotterdam Marathon in April, as well as being selected for the Kenyan team for the Olympic marathon in August.
Even though Kipchoge was the first human to run a marathon under two hours in a controlled time trial event with pacers, Kiptum looked increasingly likely to achieve that feat in ratified race conditions. In December, he was awarded the title of ‘off track’ athlete of the year by World Athletics. Despite his successes on track, Kiptum began serious running barefoot while herding cattle for his family. He admitted that he had never previously set foot on an athletics track before achieving greatness on it.
Mudavadi honored Kiptum’s memory by emphasizing his dedication and commitment to excellence on both and off track. The Kenyan government will surely miss its gifted athlete but his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of athletes from all backgrounds.
In conclusion, Kelvin Kiptum is truly missed by many including Musalia Mudavadi who deeply mourned his loss while paying tribute to his remarkable talent