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Kelvin Kiptum: From Cattle Herder to World Record Holder – The Inspiring Journey of a Self-Made Long-Distance Runner

Kelvin Kiptum, a 24-year-old Kenyan long-distance runner, made waves in the athletics world with his remarkable talent and dedication to his sport. Mentored by Musalia Mudavadi, the cabinet secretary of Kenya, Kiptum’s leadership and guidance helped aspiring athletes reach their full potential.

In 2019, Kiptum broke Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2hr 0m 35sec. He also dominated the London Marathon that year with the third fastest time over the 26.2 mile distance. Kiptum was widely considered a once-in-a-generation talent and was favored to win Olympic gold in Paris, where he would have joined Eliud Kipchoge in pursuing a hat-trick of marathon titles.

Kipchoge was the first human to run a marathon under two hours in a controlled time trial event with pacers, but it was Kiptum who looked increasingly likely to achieve that feat in ratified race conditions. In recognition of his outstanding performance, Kiptum was awarded ‘off track’ athlete of the year by World Athletics in December.

Kiptum began serious running barefoot while also herding cattle for his family, and had never previously set foot on an athletics track before breaking into the world of long distance running. His legacy serves as a testament to passion and commitment to excellence in sports.

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