Kenyan marathon world record-holder’s death shatters family’s dreams and hopes

Tragic Accident Leaves Family Devastated: Marathon Runner Kelvin Kiptum’s Legacy Cut Short

The family of Kelvin Kiptum, the marathon record holder, is mourning the loss of their beloved runner following a tragic car accident on Sunday night. The incident has left the family devastated and shattered their dreams for the future.

Kiptum, who had dreams of becoming a marathon champion, died along with his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana, in a car crash near the town of Kaptagat in the high-altitude region. This region is renowned as a training base for some of the best distance runners in the world.

Kiptum’s father, Samson Cheruiyot, a farmer, has expressed his grief and devastation at losing his only child. In his last conversation with him on Saturday night, Kiptum had expressed his plans to continue to excel as a marathon runner and break the two-hour barrier at the upcoming Rotterdam Marathon in April. His mother had complications after his birth and losing Kiptum has left her feeling lost and unsure of how she will tell their children about their father’s death.

Kiptum’s wife, Asenath Cheruiyot, was also heartbroken over the loss of her husband. They were planning to travel together to Rotterdam in April where Kiptum hoped to complete the race under two hours. Now she must find a way to tell their children about their father’s death and how he was taken away from them too soon.

The family members share a sense of great loss as they mourn for Kelvin Kiptum and his shattered dreams that were just starting to come true at the beginning of his promising career. He was one of the most exciting prospects in road running and had set an impressive record at last year’s Chicago Marathon just last week which was ratified by international track federation World Athletics just days before his untimely death.

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