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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 Franklin (2013).

"To be recognised with the award is unbelievable," she said.

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