“Kenya has lost a jewel,” said the country’s athletics governing body after the death of the 25-year-old long-distance runner
Agnes Tirop, the women’s world record holder over 10 km, was found dead in her home in Kenya.
Tirop, who finished fourth over 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympics, was 25 years old. Athletics Kenya said the sport has “lost a gem that was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international scene”.
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.
According to local reports, she was stabbed multiple times in the stomach and neck on Wednesday at her home in Iten, a training center for many top athletes.
Athletics Kenya added, “Tirop was found dead in her Iten home 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.