Samson Cheruiyot, father of the World Marathon record-holder Kelvin Kiptum reveals last message from his only son before his tragic death.
Speaking in an interview on Monday afternoon, Cheruiyot noted that Kiptum was his only son and his death was a blow to his family.
“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.”
The father revealed that he was watching the evening news when he first received a call that a car belonging to his son had been spotted.
Immediately, he rushed to the accident scene but by the time of his arrival, the bodies of his son, Rwandese Coach Gervais Hakizimana and a lady in their company had already been taken to the hospital.
His final conversation with Kiptum had taken place on Saturday night and involved plans to build a house.
“I received the message (about the accident) at about 9:30 p.m. while watching the news and I received a call that my son’s car was in the forest. When I got there, I only found the car wreckage and I was told that his body had been taken to the hospital by the police,” he recalled.
“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.”
In addition, the father further indicated that four days before his death, he received a strange visit from four individuals who refused to identify themselves.
“Unidentified people came to my house and told me that they were Kenyans. The four refused to identify themselves,” Cheruiyot recalled while failing to disclose the motive of their visit.