The Chief Government Pathologist, Dr. Johansen Oduor, has disclosed the findings of the autopsy conducted on the late World Marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, confirming that his demise was attributed to severe head injuries sustained in the tragic accident that claimed his life.

Speaking to the media at Eldoret Hospital, Dr. Oduor revealed that the post-mortem examination revealed extensive head injuries and skull fractures, particularly at the base of the skull. Additionally, he mentioned that the spinal cord had intruded into the canal cavity due to these fractures, with fractures also evident on both sides of the ribs and ruptures detected in the lungs.

Dr. Oduor further explained that samples were collected during the autopsy for additional analysis, as investigations into the circumstances surrounding Kiptum’s death continue. These samples will undergo toxicology analysis to identify any factors that might have contributed to the accident.

Philip Kiplagat, a representative of the family, expressed satisfaction with the postmortem findings, stating that the family would proceed with burial arrangements. Kiplagat announced that Kiptum’s final resting place would be at his farm in Naiberi, Uasin Gishu County, with the burial scheduled for Friday.

In preparation for the burial, Kiplagat mentioned that the body would be removed from the morgue the following day and paraded through the streets of Eldoret on its way home.

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