Kiptum’s dad calls for investigation into his son’s death 

By Razeen Gutta

The father of Kelvin Kiptum has called for an investigation into his son’s death, claiming that four unidentified men came to look for the marathon record holder just days before his passing. 

Kiptum died in a car crash in his native Kenya on Sunday night at the age of 24. His Rwandan coach Gervais Hakizimana was also killed in the accident. 

The distance runner’s father, Samson Cheruiyot, told Kenya’s Citizen TV that four people came looking for Kiptum four days before his death. 

“There are people who came home a while back who were looking for Kiptum, but they refused to identify themselves,” Cheruiyot said.

“I asked them to provide identification, but they opted to leave.”

Cheruiyot added that he found out about his son’s death while watching the news. 

“I went to the scene of the accident but the police had taken the body to Eldoret,” he said.

“Kiptum was my only child. He has left me, his mom, and his kids. I have no other child. His mom was sick for a while. Right now I’m deeply saddened.”

Kiptum made history in October when he ran 2:00.35 to win the Chicago Marathon. 

Pictured above: Kelvin Kiptum, 24, died in a car crash.

Image source: @piersmorgan


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