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Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-time World Championships bronze medalist, was found stabbed to death in her home, Athletics Kenya said Wednesday.
Kenyan Olympic star Agnes Jebet Tirop was found stabbed to death in her home
The 25-year-old athlete represented Kenya in the 5,000-meter event at the Tokyo Olympics and finished fourth in the final after clocking a time of 14: 39.62.
“Tirop was found dead in her Iten home after allegedly being stabbed by her husband. We are still working to find out more details about her death,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement.
Tirop’s 10km world record
World Athletics is deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Kenya’s Agnes Tirop 🇰🇪 at the age of 25.
The 2015 world cross-country champion and two-time world medallist had broken the women-only world record for 10km last month 👇
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) October 13, 2021
Last month, Tirop broke the women’s 10km world record in Germany, crossing the finish line in 30:01 and shaving 28 seconds off the previous record, which had been held by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui since 2002.
Tirop won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000m event , and also won the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.
Kenyatta: “Agnes was a Kenyan heroine”
1/3 President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined Kenya’s athletics fraternity in mourning Olympian Agnes Jebet Tirop who was found dead in her house in Iten town, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/mGwekqOAad
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) October 13, 2021
“It is all the more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan heroine in every sense , has painfully lost her young life by a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people,” said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta , in a statement.
“I urge our law enforcement agencies, led by the National Police Service, to track down and arrest the criminals responsible for Agnes’ murder.”