ANDThe father of marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum asked the Kenyan government on Monday to investigate the circumstances of his son's death. died on Sunday in a traffic accident in the west of the country.
“There were some people who arrived a few days ago looking for Kiptum, but they refused to identify themselves. “I asked them to show me some identification, but they chose to leave,” said the athlete's father, Samson Cheruiyot, in statements published by local media. “Kiptum was my only son. He left me, his mother and his children. (…) I am deeply saddened,” he added.
Excitedly, he noted that his son assured him the last time they spoke that he was feeling well and that He was set to break the marathon record again, breaking under two hours. “He told me that someone will come and help us build a house. He said that his body was already in shape and that he could run 1h59min00”, revealed the athlete’s father.
The father added that he found out about the misfortune on television. “I received the news of my son's death while watching the news. I went to the accident site, but the police took the body to Eldoret,” Cheruiyot recalled.
The Kenyan governor of Uasin Gishu County (where the incident occurred), Jonathan Bii, He adhered to the athlete's father's request. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kiptum and we ask the Police to speed up the investigations so that we can find out what caused the accident,” Bii said in statements to journalists.
The athlete's body was transferred from the morgue at Hospital do Autódromo, where dozens of athletes and acquaintances came to say goodbye to their friend, at Eldoret Hospital.
The death of 24-year-old Kiptum caused enormous shock in Kenya, who reacted with numerous demonstrations of consternation and tributes over the death.
The young athlete died together with his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, in a road accident that occurred last night, at around 11pm, on the road that connects Eldoret to Kaptagat, in western Kenya, in a car driven by the athlete himself. According to authorities, There was a third occupant of the vehicle who survived and was taken to hospital.
The accident also triggered a wave of condolences internationally praising Kiptum's figure, called to mark a season in athletics due to his youth and for being the main candidate to cover less than two hours in the mythical distance.
He achieved worldwide fame on October 8, when the Kenyan clocked a time of 2.00:35 and clearly reduced his compatriot Eliud Kipchoge's previous record of 2.01:09.