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Late marathoner Kelvin Kiptum inducted into the Hall of Fame

Kelvin Kiptum, the world marathon record holder, has been honored with induction into the esteemed Talanta Hall of Fame.

Presiding over the ceremony at Talanta Plaza, Nairobi, was Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba.

Among the attendees were Kiptum’s son, Caleb Kigen, Kiptum’s wife and his father.

“In leading the unveiling ceremony alongside Kiptum’s son Caleb Kigen, I am delighted to celebrate one of Kenya’s finest marathon runners and the current world record holder,” stated Ababu.

“This occasion is significant as it marks the inaugural formal induction, with Kelvin becoming the first of our esteemed legends to be formally recognized in this Hall of Fame, forever commemorating his remarkable contributions.”

“This is both a proud and somber moment as we commemorate the induction of a promising athlete who left us prematurely,” continued Ababu.

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The Talanta Hall of Fame is a prestigious platform that celebrates excellence in creativity, sports, and innovation.

Kiptum’s name will now grace the Hall of Fame alongside other iconic legends in both the sports and creative sectors, including Paul Tergat (athletics), Joe Kadenge (football), and Ngugi wa Thiong’o (author), Present, Jomo Kenyatta and Arap Moi.

This induction underscores Kenya’s commitment to recognizing athletes and talented youth as ambassadors and catalysts for the country’s progress.

“We celebrated Kiptum in life, and we shall continue to celebrate him in his passing,” expressed Ababu, who met with Kiptum’s family and that of his late coach, Hakizamana.

Kiptum tragically passed away on February 11 in a road accident at the age of 24, just before his scheduled participation in the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14.

The accident also claimed the life of his Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana, as they were en route to Eldoret.

Kelvin Kiptum was laid to rest on February 23.

Before his burial, the government ordered contractors to construct a three-bedroom house for Kiptum’s family.