April 14, 2024

Athletics Kenya Postpones African Games Trials in Tribute to Kelvin Kiptum

 Athletics Kenya Postpones African Games Trials in Tribute to Kelvin Kiptum
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A pall of sadness has descended upon the athletic community following the tragic passing of Kelvin Kiptum, a rising star in the world of marathon running.

 In a heartfelt gesture to honor his memory, Athletics Kenya has decided to postpone the African Games trials originally slated for 16-17 February at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.

 Kiptum, aged 24, met an untimely demise in a devastating road accident on Sunday, 11th February 2024, alongside his coach, Gervais Hakizimana of Rwanda. Kiptum's potential and talent had begun to shine brightly, captivating the attention of the athletic world.

 

 

In a circular addressed to athletes, Athletics Kenya expressed their condolences and announced the cancellation of the African Games trials scheduled for February 16th and 17th. The decision to postpone the trials serves as a fitting tribute to Kiptum's legacy, recognizing his significant contributions to the sport.

Kiptum's ascent in the world of athletics was nothing short of remarkable. In 2023, he emerged as a formidable rival to his compatriot Eliud Kipchoge, one of the greatest marathon runners in history. Kiptum's standout performance in Chicago last October, where he shattered Kipchoge's record by completing the 42.195km in an astonishing world record time of two hours and 35 seconds, solidified his status as a rising star in the sport.

Kiptum's prowess on the track had earned him a coveted spot in Kenya's provisional marathon team for the Paris Olympics later this year.

As the athletic community mourns the loss of Kelvin Kiptum, thoughts turn towards preserving his legacy and honoring his memory. Athletics Kenya has assured athletes that the selection process for the team to represent the country at the African Games, scheduled to be held from 18th to 22nd March in Accra, Ghana, will be announced in due course.