A 22-year-old woman has moved to court to demand the burial of late marathoner Kelvin Kiptum be stopped until a paternity test has been conducted.

According to the woman, her Kiptum shares a one-year-old child who should be entitled to a piece of the late champion's estate.

PHOTO | COURTESY Kelvin Kiptum

Edna Owuor, through her lawyer Joseph Oyaro, wants the courts to stop the release of Kiptum’s body from Eldoret Hospital Mortuary and bury it until the hearing and determination of the application.

They wanted the body of Kiptum presented to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) for purposes of DNA testing.


While demanding that the kid be recognized as a beneficiary of Kiptum's estate, the woman alleged that they (the minor and plaintiff) had been excluded from family arrangements.

"The applicant is apprehensive that should the burial go on as planned without paternity being established, the minor's welfare will be in jeopardy," according to the court filing.

Justice Wananda of the Eldoret High Court declined to prohibit it.

Kiptum's body was transferred today from Eldoret Hospital to Iten for viewing before prayers at his house in Chepsamo, Chepkorio, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

A burial ceremony will be held tomorrow, with Kiptum being laid to rest in Naiberi, Uasin Gishu County.