“Kenya has lost a gem,” said the country’s athletics governing body after a 25-year-old long-distance runner was stabbed to death
Athletics Kenya said the country “lost a gem” after the women’s 10k world record holder Agnes Tirop was found stabbed to death.
Tirop, who finished fourth over 5,000m in the Tokyo Olympics, was 25. Athletics Kenya said Tirop was “one of the fastest rising athletics giants on the international stage”.
In September Tirop broke the women-only world record for a 10 km road race with a time of 30 minutes 01 seconds in Germany to cut 28 seconds off the previous mark. She ran her last race on October 3rd, the Giants 10km road race in Geneva, where she finished second in 30 minutes 20 seconds.
Police said she was found at her home in Iten, Kenya, a training center for many top athletes, stabbed multiple times in the stomach and neck and named her husband as a suspect.
District Police Chief Tom Makori said, “When? [police] When they got into the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor.
“They saw her being stabbed in the neck, which led us to believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that was what caused her death.
“Her husband is still at large and preliminary investigations have shown that her husband is a suspect because he cannot be found. The police are trying to find her husband so he can explain what happened to Tirop. “
The Athletics Kenya statement said: “Tirop was found dead in her home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We’re still working to find out more details about her demise. “
Tirop won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000 meter run and also won the 2015 Cross Country World Championships – when she became the second youngest gold medalist after Zola Budd at the age of 19.
She was considered separated from her husband Emmanuel Ibrahim Kipleting, who was also her trainer for a while.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said: “It is worrying, extremely regrettable and very sad that we have lost a young and promising athlete who brought our country so much glory at the young age of 25.”