Tegla Lorupe recieves top award
17 October 2014, 12:31
Nairobi - Kenyan Tegla Lorupe received the Billie Jean King Contribution Award at a prestigious gala dinner in New York this week.
Lorupe, the winner three world half-marathon titles and setting two
marathon world records, has since retirement dedicated herself to
promoting world peace through sport.
She founded the Tegla Lorupe Peace Foundation in 2003 with her prize
money and has won accolades from the Kenyan government for her efforts.
Others who were honoured at the 40th anniversary
of the organization founded by Billie Jean King includes American
Simone Biles, who won four golds at last week's world gymnastics
championships in China.
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She was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.
Biles, 17, also won gold in the floor exercise and balance beam in addition to the women's team title.
Biles said she felt honored to have her name added to a winners' list
that included women who had inspired her, including gymnastics
champions Gabby Douglas (2012) and Liukin (2008), and swimmer Missy
"To be recognised with the award is unbelievable," she said.
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