Following the demise of marathon record-holder Kelvin Kiptum, Kiptum’s father, Samson Cheruiyot, opened up for the first time since the incident, revealing the profound impact of his son’s untimely death on their family.
With Kiptum being his only son, Cheruiyot expressed the overwhelming grief and sense of loss they now face, highlighting the void left behind by Kiptum’s departure.
Speaking in an interview on Monday afternoon, the father further indicated that four days before his death, he received a strange visit from four individuals who refused to identify themselves.
“Unidentified people came to my house and told me that they were Kenyans. The four refused to identify themselves,” Cheruiyot recalled .
The motive behind their visit remains elusive.
“Kiptum was my only child. Now he has left me and my grandchildren. I do not know what to do. If the government can, it should help us. We are stuck now with no one who can help us,” lamented Cheruiyot, his grief palpable as he appealed for support during this trying time.
The news of Kiptum’s car being spotted interrupted Cheruiyot’s evening, prompting him to rush to the accident scene.
However, upon arrival, he was met with a grim reality; his son, along with Rwandese Coach Gervais Hakizimana and another passenger, had already been rushed to the hospital.
Recalling his final conversation with Kiptum, Cheruiyot spoke of plans for the future, including the construction of a new home.
“On Saturday night, I talked to him and he told me that he would go to Fluospar and return home. When he returned, he told me that a man (a white man) would come to build us a house. He also told me that he would run for 1 hour 58 minutes (in the upcoming race) because he felt his body was in great shape.”
Kiptum, aged 24, and his coach, a Rwandan national named Gervais Hakizimana, tragically perished in a fatal accident that occurred just a short distance from their hometown of Chepsamo, in western Kenya.
However, a female passenger who was traveling with them miraculously survived with injuries and was rushed to the Racecourse Hospital in Eldoret, while the bodies of Kiptum and his coach were taken to the morgue at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital as investigations commenced.