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US News sadness and anger in Kenya for the Kenyan Athlete Funeral Agnes Tirop

05:05  24 october  2021
05:05  24 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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" Kenyan athlete Agnes Jebet Tirop , who represented Kenya at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 5000m, has been found dead in her house with stab wounds to her abdomen. She was just 10 days away from her 26th birthday. Rest in peace, Queen." "What a sad afternoon for the whole country," added another mourner. "Our legend, Agnes Jebet Tirop , has been found dead [a] few days [before] her 26th birthday, October 23rd. "She was young, energetic and patriotic but someone just chose to take away her life.

The funeral of Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop took place on Saturday. It is the same day she would have turned 26. Tirop , who represented Kenya in the Olympic games for long-distance running, was found stabbed to death in her home 10 days ago. Her death has highlighted incidents of violence against women The two-time world championship bronze medalist was among Kenya 's brightest rising stars, having achieved fourth place in the Tokyo Olympics in the 5,000 meters. In her latest achievement, in September Tirop smashed the women's world record for the 10 kilometers at an event held in

Hellen Obiri, proche de l'athlète Agnes Tirop assassinée, a pris la parole lors des funérailles de cette dernière au village de Kapnyamisa, au Kenya, le 23 octobre 2021. © Reuters - Monicah Mwangi Hellen Obiri, close to the athlete Agnes Tirop murdered, took the floor during the funeral at the village of Kapnyamisa , in Kenya, October 23, 2021.

Agnes Tirop was buried in his family village, in western Kenya. The young athlete was found dead on October 13 in his room in Iten, High Place of Training of Kenyan Sports. The funeral lasted five hours.

With our correspondent in Nairobi, Albane Thirouard

like all media in Kenya private TV NTV relayed the event. "We start this newspaper in the district of Nandi where the funeral of the athlete killed, Agnès Tirop, are underway at his family home ..."

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Many athletes turn out for the funeral of Agnes Tirop , who was found stabbed to death at her home. Her husband, Ibrahim Rotich, appeared in court this week as a suspect in her killing. Ms Tirop was being buried on what would have been her 26th birthday. Speakers at the funeral service repeatedly called for an end to domestic violence. Her mother, Dinah Tirop , also spoke. "I don't have much to say for today, I have mourned, I have cried, all my tears are gone," she said.

The death of Kenyan running star Agnes Tirop has thrown a spotlight on the pressures faced by the country's female athletes who pay a huge -- and often tragic -- price for their spectacular success in a male-dominated society.

Agnes Tirop would have 26 years this Saturday, October 23. Several hundred people came to honor him. His relatives, but also policies, coaches, athletes ... a lot sporting the iconic red t-shirt of the Kenyan Athletics Federation.

Flower petals were launched on the coffin. And moving praise followed one another. The athletes mentioned the broken destiny of a promising athlete. Tears in the eyes, the runner Hellen Obiri, Mentor of Agnès Tirop, described to have lost "a heroin".


Video: The Young Athlete Kenyan Agnes Tirop was stabbed at home (Euronews)

Emotion also in the streets of Nairobi, more than 300 kilometers from the family village, located next to the lake Victoria: "It's very sad to see a person as young losing life. And especially when it is not caused by a disease but by violence. This is a great loss for the whole country.

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One of Kenya ’s leading athletes , Agnes Tirop , has been found stabbed to death at her home in Iten, with police treating her husband as a suspect. The 25-year-old athlete , who broke the women-only 10,000m road record last month and also won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 world championships, was discovered by police on Wednesday after being reported missing by her father. Tom Makori, the head of police for the area, confirmed that Tirop ’s husband was a suspect after going missing.

NANDI COUNTY, Kenya , Oct 23 (Reuters) - Slain long-distance Olympic runner Agnes Tirop , a rising star in Kenya 's highly competitive athletics scene, was buried on Saturday at a funeral attended by over 1,000 mourners. Tirop was found stabbed to death in her home in the Rift Valley town of Iten on Oct. 13, in an incident that has shone the spotlight on violence against women in Kenya . Her funeral was held on the day she would have turned 26. Mourners including fellow athletes lined up to scatter flowers on a white coffin. A picture of Tirop , grinning and holding up a bronze medal, was placed on

The loss of "a diamond"

"It hurt me a lot when I learned the news. It could be my daughter! The government should put in place measures to better protect its athletes, especially women. Some are so young ... She was only 25 years old ... "

after emotion, anger. Stabbed, his murder raised the issue of domestic violence in Kenya. Many Kenyans asks Justice for Agnes Tirop. The main suspect, her husband, is for the moment in remand.

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Friday, the day before the burial, in the streets of Eldoret, several athletes had paraded next to the coffin of Agnes Tirop for denounce gender violence. Then on Saturday to honor him, the President of the Kenyan athletics federation announced that the race of the Cross Country World Championships to be held in Kenya in February bear his name. At the funeral, he called the young athlete to "heroine" recalling its commitment to financially help young people go to school.

Agnes Tirop had arrived 4th at the 5000m in Tokyo and had just beat the world's 10 km world record. The National Athletics Federation lamented the loss of a "diamond".

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