Mourners and athletes demand justice for Kenyan runner Agnes Tirop at funeral

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The nice Olympic runners gathered on Saturday to bid farewell to rising Kenyan star Agnes Tirop, whose homicide earlier this month despatched shockwaves throughout the nation and the athletics world.

A two-time bronze medalist on the world championships, promised to a future movie star on the observe, Tirop was buried in a white coffin in central Kenya on what would have been her twenty sixth birthday.

His physique was discovered on October 13 with stab wounds within the bed room of his house in Iten, a excessive altitude coaching heart for top efficiency athletes.

Tirop’s husband appeared in courtroom this week as a suspect in his homicide after he was arrested and remanded in custody.

Among the mourners gathered in Mosoriot, the childhood village of Tirop about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Eldoret, have been two-time Kenyan Olympic champion David Rudisha and different gold medalists Joshua Cheptegei and Peruth Chemutai from Uganda.

Many of the congregation wore the long-lasting purple shirts of Athletics Kenya, which described Tirop as a “gem” and one in every of the quickest rising stars on the worldwide operating circuit.

His dying prompted outpourings of grief and condolence from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, but in addition anger at a life taken so younger.

Passionate audio system at his funeral known as for swift justice for Tirop, and large crowds marched by way of Eldoret on Friday to demand an finish to violence towards ladies.

Tirop’s dying has highlighted the pressures dealing with feminine athletes throughout the nation who pay a large – and infrequently tragic – worth for his or her spectacular success in a male-dominated society.

“Injustice against female athletes here in Kenya is a threat to all of us athletes around the world,” stated Olympic 5000m champion Cheptegei.

“We stand in solidarity here to show that we condemn such acts in such a way.”

Athletics Kenya introduced on Saturday that the Kenyan stage of the World Cross Country Tour will likely be named Tirop.

Born right into a farming household, Tirop launched her athletic profession lower than a decade in the past, however rapidly received quite a few second locations in nationwide and worldwide cross-country races.

She has develop into one in every of Kenya’s rising stars – because the 2015 cross nation world champion, two-time world medalist in 10,000m and fourth in 5,000m on the Tokyo Olympics this 12 months.

(AFP)

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