Mourners pay homage to slain Kenyan running star Agnes Tirop

Olympic greats came together to bid farewell to Kenyan star Agnes Tirop whose murder sent shockwaves across the nation and the athletics world.

Mourners pay homage to slain Kenyan running star Agnes Tirop

Olympic running greats came together on Saturday to bid farewell to Kenyan star Agnes Tirop whose murder earlier this month sent shockwaves across the nation and the athletics world.

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A double world championships bronze medallist tipped for future stardom on the track, Tirop was buried in a white casket in central Kenya on what would have been her 26th birthday.

Her body was found on October 13 with stab wounds in the bedroom of her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub for top-class athletes. 

Agnes Tirop’s husband appeared in court this week as a suspect in her killing after being arrested and remanded in custody.

Among the mourners gathered in Mosoriot, Tirop’s childhood village about 30km south of Eldoret, were two-time Kenyan Olympic champion David Rudisha and fellow gold medallists Joshua Cheptegei and Peruth Chemutai of Uganda.

Many in the congregation wore the signature red shirts of Athletics Kenya, which described Tirop as a “jewel” and one of the fastest-rising stars on the international running circuit.

Her death sparked outpourings of grief and condolences from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, but also anger at a life taken so young.

Impassioned speakers at her funeral demanded swift justice for Tirop, and huge crowds marched in Eldoret on Friday calling for an end to violence against women.

Tirop’s death 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.

“The injustice against female athletes here in Kenya is a threat to all of us athletes all over the world,” said Olympic 5 000 metres champion Cheptegei.

“We are here in solidarity to show that we condemn such acts in such a manner.”

Athletics Kenya announced on Saturday that the Kenyan leg of the World Cross Country Tour would be named after Agnes Tirop.

Born to a peasant farming family, Tirop launched her athletics career less than a decade ago but swiftly ran up a host of second-place finishes in national and international cross country races.

She went on to become one of Kenya’s rising stars – as the 2015 world cross-country champion, a two-time world medallist over 10 000m, and came fourth over 5 000m at the Tokyo Olympics this year.

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With a few simple ingredients, whip these buttery bites together. Not only is this shortbread recipe very quick to prepare but the result is truly tempting.

Shortbread – Buttery biscuits melting in your mouth

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Shortbread recipe

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Recipe by Nomfundo Hlubi Course: SnacksCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

Ingredients

  • 250 g butter

  • 110 g Icing sugar

  • 330 g cake flour

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Grease a 30cm x 23 cm tray.
  • Using an electric beater, cream together butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Add sifted flour and mix.
  • Dough might look crumbly; it will come together when squeezing it with your hands.
  • Place dough in tray and flatten out using your hands to fill out the tray.
  • Poke holes using a fork.
  • Bake at 180°C for 12 – 15 minutes. Until golden brown.
  • Sprinkle castor sugar on top and slice into rectangles while still warm.
  • Allow to cool completely before serving.

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