World championships medallist discovered lifeless in her home after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband, Athletics Kenya says.
Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-time world championships bronze medallist, has been discovered lifeless at her home, the nation’s monitor federation has stated.
Athletics Kenya stated Wednesday it had been knowledgeable of Tirop’s demise. She was 25.
“Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise,” Athletics Kenya stated in an announcement posted on Twitter.
“Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.”
— Athletics Kenya (@athletics_kenya) October 13, 2021
Tirop gained bronze medals within the girls’s 10,000 meters on the 2017 and 2019 world championships and completed fourth within the 5,000 metres on the Tokyo Olympics.
Last month, Tirop broke the world file within the women-only 10-kilometre highway race in Germany, crossing the road in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds from the earlier file held by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui from 2002.
Her profession took off when she gained the world cross-country title in 2015 on the age of 19 to turn out to be the second youngest champion ever.
Her home in Iten, western Kenya, is a city famend as a coaching base for distance runners.
Kenyan media reported she was discovered with stab wounds in her stomach, though police didn’t instantly give out any particulars aside from to say they had been investigating.
“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people,” Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta stated in an announcement.
“I urge our law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes.”