The world championship medalist was found dead in her home after being stabbed by her husband, according to Athletics Kenya.
Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-time bronze medalist at the world championships, was found dead at her home, the country’s athletics federation said.
Athletics Kenya announced on Wednesday that it had been informed of Tirop’s death. She was 25 years old.
“Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We are still working to find out more details regarding his disappearance, ”Athletics Kenya said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“Kenya lost a gem that was one of the fastest rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to its eye-catching performances on the track.”
– Athletics Kenya (@athletics_kenya) October 13, 2021
Tirop won bronze medals in the women’s 10,000-meter at the 2017 and 2019 world championships and finished fourth in the 5,000-meter at the Tokyo Olympics.
Last month Tirop broke the world record for the women’s 10-kilometer road race in Germany, crossing the finish line in 30:01 to reduce by 28 seconds the previous record held by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
Her career took off when she won the world cross country title in 2015 at the age of 19 to become the second youngest female champion in history.
His home in Iten, western Kenya, is a town known as a training base for long-distance runners.
Kenyan media reported that she was found stabbed in the abdomen, although police immediately gave no details other than to say she was investigating.
“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan heroine in all respects, painfully lost her young life due to a criminal act perpetrated by selfish and cowardly people,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement. .
“I urge our police forces led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the murder of Agnes.”