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Kelvin Kiptum had a good heart – See what he was doing silently away from cameras that no one knew about?

by Paul Nyongesa
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The untimely demise of Kelvin Kiptum has not only plunged his family into grief but has also cast a shadow over the beneficiaries of his altruistic deeds.

Kiptum, aged 24, had been quietly sponsoring the education of around 20 underprivileged female students in Elgeyo Marakwet county, showcasing a heartwarming commitment to uplifting his community.

Kiptum’s benevolent acts were revealed in an interview with CBS News, where he disclosed his initiative to support education for disadvantaged youths.

Drawing from the proceeds of his successful athletics career, Kiptum directed a portion of his earnings towards providing educational opportunities for those less fortunate in his hometown of Chepkorio.

Brook Silva, a correspondent with CBS News, reflected on the brief yet impactful moments he shared with Kiptum during a visit to Texas.

“Running had already taken him far out of Chepkorio. He made a good living and used some of it to help 20 local girls start attending secondary schools. And after that marathon, his dad agreed running was the right choice for him,” said Brook.

Brook further recalled the `brief but fun moments he had with the deceased when he toured Texas. Kiptum was ambitious and shared the big career plans he had, including participating in the oncoming Olympic Games in Paris, France, later this year.

“He was having the next race in April, then terrible news, just when his career was taking off. His main goal was to compete in the Olympics this summer,” narrated Brook.

Meanwhile, chief government pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor on Wednesday said that World Marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum died due to severe head injuries as a result of the accident that claimed his life.

Oduor said the examination of the body revealed that Kiptum suffered severe injuries and fractures on his head.

He said the fractures were on the skull, and ribs and also affected his lungs.

The chief pathologist says he was called in to do the postmortem due to speculation that arose after the death of the fastest marathoner on earth.

The government pathologist said the injuries were consistent with the accident.


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