World championships medallist discovered useless in her dwelling 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 useless at her dwelling, the nation’s observe federation has mentioned.
Athletics Kenya mentioned Wednesday it had been knowledgeable of Tirop’s demise. She was 25.
“Tirop was discovered useless at their dwelling in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We’re nonetheless working to unearth extra particulars surrounding her demise,” Athletics Kenya mentioned in an announcement posted on Twitter.
“Kenya has misplaced a jewel who was one of many fastest-rising athletics giants on the worldwide stage, due to her eye-catching performances on the observe.”
— Athletics Kenya (@athletics_kenya) October 13, 2021
Tirop gained bronze medals within the ladies’s 10,000 meters on the 2017 and 2019 world championships and completed fourth within the 5,000 metres on the Tokyo Olympics.
Final month, Tirop broke the world report within the women-only 10-kilometre street race in Germany, crossing the road in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds from the earlier report 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 into the second youngest champion ever.
Her dwelling 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’s much more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully misplaced her younger life by means of a prison act perpetuated by egocentric and cowardly individuals,” Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta mentioned in an announcement.
“I urge our legislation enforcement companies led by the Nationwide Police Service to trace down and apprehend the criminals accountable for the killing of Agnes.”