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Elgeyo Marakwet to name a road after Kiptum

Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Wisley Rotich has said that the county will name a road in the county after the fallen athlete and World Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum.

The governor said in doing so, Kiptum’s name, history and legacy would be remembered by generations to come even those who never knew him.

Speaking at Iten Sportsground when he led hundreds of residents in viewing the late athlete’s body, the governor said Kiptum’s record would not be easy to break.

Residents thanked the family for allowing them to pay their last respects to him saying many may not make it to his burial service which would be held tomorrow at his home in Chepsamo village in Keiyo South Sub County before his burial at his farm in Uasin Gishu County.

The body was later taken to his village where it will lay overnight with his burial expected to be attended by senior government officials led by the President.

The athlete died on Sunday, February 11 alongside his coach Rwandese Gervais Hakizimana after they were involved in a road accident along the Eldoret Ravine road.

By Alice Wanjiru

 

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