Kelvin’s Accident: Kiptum’s Father Recalls Strange Visitors 4 Days to Son’s Tragic Death.
Kelvin’s Accident: Kiptum’s Father Recalls Strange Visitors 4 Days to Son’s Tragic Death: Samson Cheruiyot, the father of the late marathon record-holder Kelvin Kiptum, has spoken since his tragic demise on Sunday night.
In an interview on Monday afternoon, Cheruiyot noted that Kiptum was his only son and his death was a blow to his family.
In an Eyebrow raising information, The father revealed that four days before his death, he received a strange visit from four individuals who refused to identify themselves and failed to disclose the motive of their visit.
He stated,”Unidentified people came to my house and told me that they were Kenyans. The four refused to identify themselves.”
“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,” he added.
He recalls his final conversation with Kiptum had taken place on Saturday night and involved plans to build a house.
He stated, “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.”
He further revealed that he Kelvin chose to forego a course in Electronic Wiring at Eldoret Polytechnic.
He stated, “When he was at school studying wiring and got grade 3, I looked for a position at Eldoret Polytechnic for him to pursue Grade 2 but he refused. He told me that he felt in his heart that he needed to exercise and I agreed.”
A police report indicated that Kelvin Kiptum lost control and veered off-road entering into a ditch on his left side. He drove in the ditch for about 60 meters before hitting a big tree.