Jamaican runner who challenged Olympic establishment dies

Written by Staff Writer Agnes Tirop — a Jamaican woman who represented Kenya at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil — was buried in her home village on Sunday. Tirop died in London last week…

Jamaican runner who challenged Olympic establishment dies

Written by Staff Writer

Agnes Tirop — a Jamaican woman who represented Kenya at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil — was buried in her home village on Sunday.

Tirop died in London last week after falling ill at the home of her sister on Christmas Eve. She was 28.

Born in Westwood, Jamaica, Tirop moved to Nairobi in 2005, according to the Jamaica Observer . She won an African Championship title in 2014 and later came within 100 meters of a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the newspaper reported.

Tirop’s family had planned to celebrate her 28th birthday on Tuesday.

Tirop spoke at the International Olympic Committee’s opening ceremony in Rio, calling on the International Olympic Committee to “respect the diversity of the world” in its dealings.

“What is at stake today is what is at stake in the larger world. We have to ensure that in the wider world there is a chance for the achievements of the equal of all the races, the races within the larger world,” she said.

Tirop is survived by her parents, two siblings and a four-year-old daughter.

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