Agnes Tirop Honoured at Adizero Event

Agnes Tirop celebrates after finishing third in the womens 10000m womens finals in Doha, Qatar
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Slain Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop was honoured at the Adziro event on Saturday, April 30, in remembrance of her life in athletics. 

A moment of silence was observed in memory of the late athlete before the women’s 10km race started. 

Tirop who was the World record holder in the 2021 event in September died just a month after achieving that landmark. 

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The death of Tirop shocked many after found dead in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet on October 13, 2021.

Also to honour the athlete the 10km race was also named ‘Agnes Jebet Tirop 10km race’ after the former record holder. 

A video of Viola Lagat the founder of Agnes Tirop Angels Foundation was played as she paid her tribute to her friend.

The athlete who takes part in both the half and full marathon races noted that after the death of Tirop her together with other athletes decided that they will fight to ensure no other athletes goes through the same. 

"We started the foundation because of the murder of our friend Agnes Tirop... When she was murdered we decided enough was enough and we were not going to allow anybody else to go through what happened to her. 

“We were not going to have Agnes as a statistic and that’s why we decided to speak out about gender-based violence,” Lagat noted. 

She also noted that if Tirop would be alive she would have continued with her quest of breaking records in various racing events. 

She highlighted that in Kenya gender-based violence remains a concern and that it had claimed the dreams of many people.

Viola also highlighted the organization's short and long-term plans in their fight to end gender-based violence. 

Organizers of the Adizero event paid tribute to her by playing the video that captured the moment she broke the women's only 10km world record in 2021.

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