World championships medallist found dead 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 found dead at her home, the country’s track federation has said.
Athletics Kenya said Wednesday it had been informed of Tirop’s death. 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 said in a statement 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 won bronze medals in the women’s 10,000 meters at the 2017 and 2019 world championships and finished fourth in the 5,000 metres at the Tokyo Olympics.
Last month, Tirop broke the world record in the women-only 10-kilometre road race in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds from the previous record held by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui from 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 champion ever.
Her home in Iten, western Kenya, is a town renowned as a training base for distance runners.
Kenyan media reported she was found with stab wounds in her abdomen, although police did not immediately give out any details other than to say they were 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 said in a statement.
“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.”