How Gaey, Yego, Faith Kipyegon Paid Tribute To Kiptum

By Debra Rono

In an emotional gathering at his home in Chepkorio, Elgeyo Marakwet County, friends and fellow athletes of the late Kelvin Kiptum came together to honor his memory and celebrate his life.

Kiptum, a dedicated athlete and a world marathon record holder, tragically died unexpectedly, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Gabriel Gaey from Tanzania, who finished second in the Valencia Marathon shared an emotional memory of their time.

“Kelvin and I ran the Valencia marathon side by side, this was his first marathon and he crossed the finish line ahead of me, clinching first place, his passing is a huge loss for the athletic community, and I offer my deepest kind words,” he said.

Julius Yego, a Kenyan track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw, deeply affected by Kiptum’s unfortunate death, spoke emotionally about the effect it has had on everyone.

“We were deeply affected and we are still affected by the demise of Kelvin Kiptum.”

Yego went ahead to thank the President of the Republic of Kenya for supporting Kiptum by constructing a beautiful house for him which he was honored to visit.

“In his honor please Mr. President we request that you start a training facility to honor him and name it after him” added Mr yego.”

Yego asked the government to provide security to record holders to avert terrible events like what happened to Kiptum.

An emotional Faith Kipyegon struggled to find the right words to express her sadness, “rest in peace Kiptum, till we meet again. We will miss you, bye.” she said.