Kessler was voted unanimously by their 20 person panel.
Olympic 5000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri, 2017 World XC silver medallist Alice Aprot, and former 5,000m Commonwealth Games champ Mercy Cherono were among those to pay tribute to Tirop.
In her post-race interview she said, “I was running today with a white ribbon on my lapel, which is a sign of mourning my compatriot because she is someone I knew very well and were in the same management. I was running thinking about her and I wanted to do well as one way of honoring the champion."
He also won the Fulsom Breakout Blues Half last weekend in 63:53.
Flanagat and Leslie Sexton (32:04) took the Canadian titles.
Three activists snuck into the site and ran towards the torch holding a Tibetan flag and a banner that said, "No genocide games."
Sharp is returning from pregnancy as she had a baby boy with Butchart earlier this month.
A number of top athletes complained to Seb Coe about lack of confidence in the UKA leadership.
There was a bunch more fast road action including: Mohamed Esa Huseyidin (59:32) and Tabitha Gichia (69:02) winning the Poznan Half in Poland, Andualem Bely Shiferaw (2:05:52) and Asayech Ayelew (2:25:07) winning the Lisbon Marathon (Beyata Dibaba won the half in 61:21), Stephen Mokoka (2:10:01) and Lysdia Simiyu (2:25:44) won the Cape Town Marathon and Weldon Langat Kipkirui (27:24) and Naomi Mitai Chepngeno (30:34) won the Laredo, Spain 10k.
Middle distance runners like Josh Kerr and Jemma Reekie were moved up in funding while Mo Farah was removed from Lottery funding completely. Surprises included Eilish McColgan only being 2nd tier funding and Jess Judd not receiving any despite making Tokyo 2020 in the 5000 and 10,000.
They shouldn't celebrate too much though as there are plenty of other fringe sports in this category such as dodgeball, jump rope and
stripping pole sports.
In a crazy twist, after he had started to help aide other bystanders perform CPR, he realized he actually knew the runner who was an acquaintance from Minnesota.
Police say Ibrahim Rotich was arrested while trying to flee the country after he made a tearful phone call to his family saying he had done something terrible. He crashed his vehicle into a truck in a car chase with police.