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World Marathon Sensation Kelvin Kiptum To Be Laid To Rest Friday



Kenya’s world marathon record-holder Kelvin Kiptum, who tragically passed away in a car accident, will be laid to rest on Friday in the nation’s athletics heartland. The 24-year-old’s funeral will take place in the Rift Valley, where he was born, trained, and ultimately met his untimely demise.

Among the mourners expected at the funeral are President William Ruto and World Athletics head Sebastian Coe. Kiptum’s death came as a shock, occurring just months after he broke the marathon record in Chicago in October. He completed the distance in an impressive two hours and 35 seconds, surpassing the previous fastest time set by his Kenyan rival, marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge.

Despite only participating in three marathons, Kiptum emerged victorious in all, achieving three of the seven fastest times for the event. His unexpected passing has deeply affected Kenya and the broader athletics community.

A candlelight vigil was held in Nairobi, with hundreds in attendance to honor his memory. Kiptum will be laid to rest in Naiberi, near Eldoret in the Rift Valley, where the government is constructing a new home for his family. The funeral service will now take place at the Chepkorio show grounds in Keiyo South after the original venue was damaged by strong winds.

Kiptum’s coach, Rwandan Gervais Hakizimana, who also perished in the accident, was laid to rest in Kigali on Wednesday. Known for his rigorous training regimen, Kiptum had announced his intention to attempt to break the mythical two-hour mark at the Rotterdam Marathon in April.

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