‘I Lost About 90% Of My Friends Due To Wrongful Link To Kiptum's Accident’-Kipchoge Speaks


Two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge says he feared for the lives of his family during a campaign of online abuse that wrongly linked him to the death of fellow Kenyan marathon runner Kelvin Kiptum.

Kiptum, the world record holder who looked set to challenge Kipchoge's dominance over 26.2 miles, died aged 24 in a car crash in February.

Some social media users began to speculate that Kipchoge was part of a conspiracy to kill Kiptum, who had lowered the world best to two hours, 35 seconds last October in Chicago.

"I was shocked that people [on] social media platforms are saying 'Eliud is involved in the death of this boy'," the 39-year-old told BBC Sport Africa.

"That was my worst news ever in my life.
"I received a lot of bad things; that they will burn the (training) camp, they will burn my investments in town, they will burn my house, they will burn my family.

"It did not happen but that is how the world is."

Kipchoge's initial reaction when he saw the abuse and false rumours was to check whether his family were safe.

"I don't have power to go to police and tell them my life is in danger. So my concern was actually to tell my family to be extra conscious and cautious," he said.