Thursday, February 22, 2024

Father seeks investigation into demise of marathon nice Kelvin Kiptum

Kiptum, 24, was considered a once-in-a-generation expertise after successful his first three marathons, together with setting a course document in London in April earlier than changing into the primary man to go underneath two hours, one minute when he set a brand new world document in Chicago in October.

He was favorite for Olympic gold in Paris and had informed his father that he was able to change into the primary man to run the 26.2-mile distance in underneath two hours in an official race on the Rotterdam Marathon this April.

“He informed me somebody will come and assist us construct a home – he stated that his physique is now match, and he can now run for 1:59,” stated Cheruiyot.

Kiptum died on the highway between Elodret and Kaptagat, an space that’s residence to most of the finest endurance runners on the earth, together with Eliud Kipchoge, the earlier world document holder and the reigning double Olympic champion. A primary head-to-head race between Kipchoge and Kiptum was anticipated to be one of many highlights of the Paris Olympics.

“I’m deeply saddened by the tragic passing of the marathon world document holder and rising star Kelvin Kiptum,” stated Kipchoge. “An athlete who had a complete life forward of him to realize unimaginable greatness. I supply my deepest condolences to his younger household. Might God consolation you throughout this attempting time.”

Fellow Kenyan long-distance runners, together with double Olympic champion Religion Kipyegon have been pictured visiting the Racecourse Mortuary in Eldoret on Monday.

Ten quickest males’s marathon occasions on document

  • Kelvin Kiptum (Kenya), 2:00.35, Chicago, 2023
  • Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya), 2:01.09, Berlin, 2022
  • Kelvin Kiptum (Kenya), 2:01.25, London, 2023
  • Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya), 2:01.39, Berlin, 2018
  • Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia), 2:01.41, Berlin, 2019
  • Sisay Lemma (Ethiopia), 2:01.48, Valencia, 2023
  • Kelvin Kiptum (Kenya), 2:01.53, Valencia, 2022
  • Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya), 2:02.37, London, 2019
  • Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya), 2:02.40, Tokyo, 2022
  • Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya), 2:02.42, Berlin, 2023
  • Birhanu Legese (Ethiopia), 2:02.48, Berlin, 2019

Supply: Runner’s World

Kiptum’s demise has left Kenya, and the broader world athletics neighborhood, in a state of shock and mourning. Sir Mo Farah referred to as Kiptum a “particular expertise” who would have gone on to have “an unimaginable profession”.

“It’s prefer it was a given he would go underneath two hours,” Farrah stated.

Emile Cairess, who was sixth in London final 12 months behind Kiptum and the primary British finisher, stated the Kenyan might have change into “Usain Bolt-esque” as a “figurehead of athletics”.

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“It’s an enormous blow as a result of, at his stage, somebody can actually seize the eye of individuals exterior of the game,” Cairess informed the BBC.

“Many individuals thought they’d by no means see a sub two-hour marathon of their lifetimes however since he got here alongside, it’s prefer it was only a on condition that he would do it.”

Kiptum was named the “off observe” athlete of the 12 months by World Athletics in December and, having begun severe working barefoot whereas additionally herding cattle, had by no means set foot on an athletics observe.

“I had no observe to coach on,” he defined. “I used to be a herdsman for a few years. It was my life, because it was for lots of others. However I needed to make time for my working.”

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Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics, stated that Kiptum was “an unimaginable athlete leaving an unimaginable legacy”.

Hugh Brasher, the London Marathon occasion director, stated that he “was set to redefine the boundaries of our sport”.

Kiptum is survived by his spouse Asenath Rotich and their two kids.

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