Tegla; an athlete richer than all her tribe

Tegla Loroupe is into her 4th Olympics not as a marathon great, but as UN ambassador of sport drawing attention to the refugee crisis. She heads the Refugee Olympic Team of displaced athletes. Five prepared at her training camp in Nairobi. The former world-record holder at 26.2 miles and the first black African woman to win a major marathon has with the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation organised races to resolve tribal conflicts over land, water and cattle raiding. She persuaded 700 members of her Pokot tribe to surrender guns, campaigned against female genital mutilation and fought for feminine rights in patriarchal societies of East Africa. She personifies her nickname: Chebaibai-the happy one.

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